Our next visitor was the anesthesiologist who asked about our family history to anesthesia and gave us the low down on what Hannah would be given and how she might react.
Finally Hannah and I were escorted down to the second floor to the OR. We were placed in a holding area with a little boy about 4 and his mom. I was holding onto Hannah for dear life when I looked down and saw the little boy holding Hannah's hand. Here were these two babies, both in their Bugs Bunny pajamas, awaiting surgery, comforting each other. I was so happy they were there.
The walk to the OR was the longest steps I've ever taken. I saw Dr. Alexiades right away and I knew she was in the best of hands. The team confirmed they were operating on both ears. At this point Hannah was, of course, fussy and lost a sock. Dr. Alexiades picked up the sock and made gentle cooing sounds to Hannah to help calm her. It worked on her mom too. It's one thing to be so good medically at what you do, but to also have the human element behind it is almost as important. He said he would be done around 12:30 and we should go out for breakfast. They had me place Hannah on the operating table and they quickly put a mask on her and in about 30 seconds she was fast asleep. I heard someone calling out orders and I wanted to get out as fast as I could. I never felt more alone. Someone came up to me at the door and asked if I knew where I was going. I took the elevator back up to the 9th floor and found Michael in the waiting room.
My parents joined us later on and helped us pass the time. At 12:30, as promised, Dr. Alexiades, met us in the waiting room with a huge smile on his face. He said the surgery was successful and Hannah did very well. He said she was going to the recovery room and we could join her shortly. Such a relief.