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rose08

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Has anyone here had their child undergo a planned hospital admission (minor procedure) however as it is surgery and they are 12 it is done under general anaesthetic...which means nil per mouth for 6 hours prior? And of course, recovery time, drowsiness and possible nausea all equalling a good half day or more of no meals or snacks..... We were supposed to be scheduled 1st thing in the morning (surgeon is aware of D's anorexia) but due to unforseen circumstances it has now been moved to 10am.... so that's breakfast, snack, smoothie and lunch possibly more as there are always delays ....bleak. Main worry, Is this going to be triggering i.e.Empty.tummy first time in months. Also, tips please on handling the pre-admission weighing - and anything else I need to think of, like her charts, am super concerned she is going to see her weight written down. What have I not thought of? Will take her regular snacks and food as well.
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If the surgery is necessary, then it has to be done safely (which can mean no food for a time) and you have to do the best you can.  Is it possible to move the surgery to another day when it can be scheduled for 1st thing in the morning again?

I would require that your D be blind-weighed.  And keep her charts away from her.  There's no reason she needs to have access to them.

I would strongly request an anti-nausea medication if nausea might be an issue after surgery.

Good luck.  Keep us posted.



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Hi Rose. My D had I think 3 scopes done during the refeeding phase. Full anesthesia, and one was even scheduled for 11 am! I want to tell you that it will be okay. She bounced back into full eating the day after, and still gained weight at her weekly check ups 2 lbs. The day of surgery, I let her sleep to the last minute till we had to leave to the hospital. She was ready to eat normally about 3 hours after she woke up from the procedure. It was impossible to meet the calorie criteria for that day, so don't beat yourself for that. Maybe stick to calorie dense smoothies later that day. In the long run, actually even in short run, non-eating for half a day didn't affect her. As to the weight, request ahead of time to blind weigh her, and inform whoever your come in contact beforehand. Best of luck! 
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Hi EDaction and Martican, I think the rescheduling is what threw me - so used to sticking to our meals and snacks... but, it needs to be done. Thanks for the re-assurance re meals Martican, I hate loosing even 1 hard fought gram to her ED but I guess in the bigger scheme of things it will all work out and this is one of those hiccups we can't micro-manage - deep breath for me I think, and a glass of wine that evening! Have asked my H to be there so I can tactfully speak with nurses re her charts without her hearing. Thanks for the anti-nausea medication tip - I will mention it to her Paed surgeon and anethestist. Xx
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HI Rose08, my daughter had to have baby teeth pulled under a GA, we waited for as long as we could.
I gave the weight to the anaesthetist so she wasn't weighed that day and they were great, she was only fasted 4 hrs solids and 2 hrs clear fluids. It gave AN opportunity, but I just got her back on track ASAP.
I was lucky she was about 3rd on the list that morning so only missed Bfast and morning tea


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