This past surgery was Bilateral buttress corticotomies, V-Y advancement flap closure of upper lip, Corticotomy Maxillary, and placement of palatal and maxillary expander. That's all straight up from the clinical notes and I'll allow you the chance to google it. Basically, part of his Pierre Robin and Craniosynosis 'issues' included problems with facial bones, his palate, and how his adult teeth formed. Some things don't grow as they should or don't grow at all. His adult teeth had no room to come out and the teeth themselves are all over the place in an unnatural way or even fused together. He's such a cute kiddo that it's not obvious that underneath that creamy kiddo skin/face, his bones are a mess. He still gets pressure checks for his eyes and apparently, a good sneeze and his hearing or eye sight can go (exaggerating here but it's a thing that must continue to be monitored as he grows....and so far, his hearing has a few issues but he's good here).
So, to prepare Connor for surgery we got him this great book, The Surgery Book: For Kids by, Bhatia MD, Shivani (weird text provided by copy and paste). We sat down a few days before surgery and just talked about the reality that he was going to have bones cut above his teeth, a contraption would go inside his mouth, this would have to stay in his mouth for 4 to 6 months, and that it would hurt. It would hurt bad but it would be temporary and it was to make room for his teeth to come in and when he was grown, all of these things that may need to happen in the coming years would be so that when he was fully grown, he wouldn't have to hopefully go through this anymore. We said we'd deal with one thing at a time and do our best. We said one day, you're going to have one hell of a tough story....that when you faced a crappy day, you'd look back and know you've been through some things and it would get better. ........anywho, back to the book. He didn't want to read the book so we just sort of looked at the pictures. There were good pictures of an IV, pictures of an operating room, pictures of the big lights he'd see before he took his anesthesia induced 'nap'....great book really. And then the kid getting a popsicle and going home in a wheelchair with a smile on his face. ......we let him know, he'd not get the popsicle right away and the wheelchair leading him to our car as he smiled would take a day or two or three. ......honestly, Connor is 7. He was getting more done than a rough dental procedure or even tonsils coming out (though that deserves a sad face for little ones and much empathy). ....anywho, Connor was rather bored with the conversation, slightly excited about possible attention and babying because of what would happen, and mainly concerned with shots. ...we assured him that the nurses/doctors would be informed that he hates shots...and to please numb him or do what you can to make it quick.
Surgery day.....Connor couldn't eat after midnight and he could have some sprite (or juice or water) that morning but nothing for like 6 hours before the surgery. He was fine with all this. Connor already has a ridiculous diet and isn't a huge fan of eating or drinking. He's been on Pediasure for some months hoping for a bit of weight gain but.......it is what it is. He grows. He's healthy-ish.