Well yesterday, cool little Josephine gave us our definitive answer...
She came home from school; she played in the yard, helped me plant garden and then, nonchalantly while she was helping me with dinner told me about her day....
"Mom, today in school I was reading at my desk and I reached up to scratch my ear (points to her left ear) and it hurt (points to her right cheek). Like I kinda wanted to yell "ouch", but I didn't. It was a weird feeling. Do you think that's normal?"
attempting to keep cool but stopping what I'm working on says, "Well, wait, what do you mean? What hurt? Where did it hurt?"
continuing to prep the cauliflower I'd given her to work on for dinner, casually repeats her story
pausing to soak in her words and then gradually smiling as I respond...."Yes, I'm pretty sure that's normal. I think that's your zing."
big smile, flatly responds "Well good, I can finally have my surgery." Then we went to tell dad.
And just like that, we're off. I confirmed her "zing" with her doctor this morning and we are officially in their books for surgery on August 16th (which is later than we expected but were assured is an acceptable time-frame). I was told to expect a 9-12 hour surgery, 3-5 days in the hospital, and then another 3-4 weeks recovery time (part of that being at home). I'm feeling so much relief, joy, gratitude and at the same time kind of completely sick to my stomach. The joys of parenthood!
|This graphic pretty much sums up her next surgery.|