Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:43 AM
My daughter had just turned 4 when she had her biopsy, and the children's hospital unit where they did the procedure was absolutely wonderful. From the moment we arrived the nurses made sure she had fun. They gave her toys to play with while waiting, pretended to take her stuffed animal's blood pressure before they did hers, and showed her photos of what would happen on an iPad. Seriously, she had a blast!
I'd also been nervous about the anesthesia, but we had no problems. They let me come into the procedure room and hold her hand while she went to sleep with the gas mask, then I left and they put in the IV. They also drew blood for other labs while she was asleep, which saved us from what would have been an awful trip to the lab. She did take longer to wake up from the anesthesia than I expected - she was sound asleep for another 40 minutes once they were done. They brought me into the recovery area before she woke, so I was the first thing she saw. The nurse had prepared me to expect a lot of coughing and perhaps some vomiting when she came to, but she only coughed a tiny bit and had no further problems. She went from being sound asleep to being fully awake and talkative in about 30 seconds. Then they had me push her to the door in a wheelchair, which she also thought was exciting.
The only thing I wish they'd warned us about beforehand was that the procedure room itself was very noisy. The prep area had been quiet, so we weren't expecting that. There were at least seven doctors and nurses already in the room when they wheeled her in, and there was a lot of clanging and talking. My daughter is very sensitive to noise, so she was alarmed. However, they picked up on her anxiety quickly and calmed her down.
Good luck! I hope it goes as well for you as it did for us.
Daughter: Positive tTG-IgA, DGP-IgA, and DGP-IgG. Celiac confirmed by biopsy in June 2013, at age four. Clear gastrointestinal, behavioral, and neurological/sensory symptoms since very early infancy, even when exclusively breastfeeding.
Me: Diagnosis still unclear after extensive testing: Atypical wheat allergy, severe NCGI, or false negative celiac tests? Gluten challenge caused acute gastritis and esophagitis. Long history of eczema, chronic diarrhea, steatorrhea, ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, infertility, chronic insomnia, low cholesterol, vitamin deficiencies, and joint pain. Improved greatly within six months of going gluten-free, and continues improving!