Oscar’s Surgery

August 17, 2010

Instead of going to his second day of kindergarten, five-year-old Oscar is scheduled for dental-related surgery this morning. It’s nothing major, but he will be under general anesthesia and of course, I’m terrified. Six kids, and not one has ever been put under, so I’m not sure what to expect. I find myself chanting anesthesia related thoughts (“breathe” and “wakeup”) whenever I see Oscar run by.

I will be at the Children’s hospital for most of today’s work hours, so I won’t be able to blog, but here’s a video of Oscar singing Frying Pan in case you need something to make you smile. (It was filmed by the kids and is quite jumpy, so if that sort of thing makes you dizzy, sorry!).

UPDATE: Oscar is home and doing great! Yay!! Thank you so much for your kind words. The reassurance you offered was wonderful.

P.S. — We like this cover of Frying Pan sung by Evan Dando — lyrics are listed here too.

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1 Kim Simmonds August 17, 2010 at 7:56 am

So freakin’ cute! Thanks for the wonderful video!


2 Anne August 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

My daughter went under anesthesia when she got tubes (in her ears, at 15 months. It was scary for me. And, she was REALLY cranky when she woke up. And then she recoevered like nothing ever happened. My prayers are with you!


3 Kimmie S August 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

Good luck Oscar and Gabriella! I am sure you both will be well taken care of at Children’s! I am sending happy thoughts your way!


4 jana August 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

That video is just so cute. He is really good!


5 Jenny August 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

Well he’s definitely better than I am! Your baby’s got some rhythm!

I’ll be thinking of you guys today – good luck, Oscar!


6 Mel August 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

I am thinking good thoughts for little Oscar. Both my girls have been under – one for a simple ear tube surgery, and the other more than once for heart issues. It is terrifying. I asked the anesthesiologist LOTS of questions. Good luck!


7 Maria Martino August 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

Don’t worry Gaby, it will be perfect… in fact it will be a breeze! (I am a dentist so I know what I am telling you)…
Have a wonderful day,


8 Martina August 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

Haha! 5 points for enthusiasm! And wow, he looks like his dad, doesn’t he? I’ll say a prayer for Oscar and for peace for you!


9 Karen M August 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

Prayers that all goes well for Oscar and Mommy! ((hugs))


10 Kate Reymann August 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

Oh, I know that terror well but he will be okay! And you will be okay! I promise. Luke had to get ear tubes in February and I thought I was going to lose it completely the night before I was so freaked out. But in the end he was totally totally fine and so was I. After awhile. I’ll be thinking of you.


11 Sandra Gonzales August 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

I’ll be praying for little Ocar’s quick recovery and your frayed nerves.


12 Anna Lewis August 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

Can’t watch the video right now bc of a sleeping baby… but wanted to let you know I’m saying a prayer for your little guy and for you. :)


13 Christina V. August 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

I’ll be thinking of you and Oscar today!


14 Whitney Hardie August 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

This video made my day! Thank you and my best to you and Oscar.


15 Sherri August 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

Don’t worry (easy for me to say, huh?). My little Milo had surgery as a wee one – came through with flying colors. I also had surgery as a kid (4 years old, I think), and …. I remember dreaming under the anesthesia – vivid dreams. He may wake cranky, though. Sending good thoughts…..


16 Elisabeth@YCCII August 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

Sending happy thoughts and prayers. I’m sure he’ll come out like a champ!


17 Sylvia August 17, 2010 at 8:37 am

Sorry about the scary anesthesia. I’m terrified by it too. Rely on the spirit. You’ll pull through and so will he. I mean…c’mon the kid’s got moves and shenanigans yet to pull!!


18 Corinne August 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

Ugh, I do know, it’s scary and sad to think little ones going through this.
Oscar is amazing- i am thinking i have got to get that song on my playlist- he was awesome!!!


19 Torrie @ a place to share... August 17, 2010 at 8:42 am

Good luck today… to both of you:).


20 Amy3 August 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

Good luck today to you and Oscar! My daughter had general anesthesia when she was between 2 and 3 for a CT scan. It went well, and I’ll hope the same is true for Oscar.


21 Bree Harris August 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

I am praying for you and your little Oscar today!


22 juliagblair August 17, 2010 at 8:52 am

Loved seeing and hearing Oscar singing; his dad accompanying on the guitar and best of all his siblings filming and applauding and his sweet mom —there all the way! Harmony!


23 Wendy August 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

Best wishes. That is always hard on Mom!


24 communikate August 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

That is adorable! It makes me want to learn the guitar so I can make my future children have sing a longs!!

Good luck to your sweet boy! Sending happy thoughts your way!


25 k a t y August 17, 2010 at 9:01 am

He’s cuter than my kids.


26 Vikki August 17, 2010 at 9:03 am

I have 3 children, my oldest had dental surgery 3 times!! at 2, 4 and 6. My youngest had dental surgery when he was 2. And Im still nervous of putting them under!
I’m sorry for you, its very traumatic for us parents! You will feel so much better when he has woken up and you can hold him in your arms again. Praying for you both!


27 Kacy Faulconer August 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

Brace yourself–it’s pretty freaky when they come out of the anesthesia. Sam had oral surgery and he has had his tonsils out. But it’s so common and it will be fine.

Love this video.


28 Danielle August 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

Sending good thoughts!


29 Boston Mamas August 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

Sending huge hugs and well wishes to all of you. Keep us posted! xoxox


30 Amy S August 17, 2010 at 9:21 am

That video rocks. Seriously. And so does your red piece of furniture next to him.


31 Leanne August 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

What a cute video. My boys were even impressed. Good luck to both of you today. I have 8 kids and many have been under anesthesia for different surgeries. It’s always a scary situation with lots of heart felt prayers. It’s hard to see them coming out of it too. I think I cried every time. Sending you good thoughts and prayers. Sorry I haven’t commented before, I guess I’m a stalker.


32 Emily August 17, 2010 at 9:24 am

Such passion and feeling in one so young! ;) Thanks for sharing – my kids and I got a kick out of this. Good luck to you all today, especially Oscar!


33 grace August 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

I’m praying for you and Oscar. :)


34 Amanda Holloway August 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

Prayers for a successful surgery and quick healing for Oscar. What a cutie!


35 s'mee August 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

adorable! as far as “sleepy juice”, well in our house of 5 kids I adv ise being aware that he may or may not wake up just fine, or, like 2 of my kids- unhappy, weepy, and confused for no reason- which they tell me is also normal. It wears off, although watching them sad and weepy was hard they were indeed fine after a few hours and a good nap. Hang in there mom, it will be o.k. : )


36 Tala August 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

Expect Oscar to be like this kid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txqiwrbYGrs

Good Luck Oscar!


37 Tala August 17, 2010 at 9:55 am

Also, this is so totally random, but if you need something to cheer you up today, check this out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonepowell/sets/72157613841045343/

I think I’m in love!


38 the sleepy time gal August 17, 2010 at 9:57 am

that is totally awesome, and you and he will do just fine! good luck.


39 Kathleen August 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

My 3 year-old had to have dental surgery last year, and the anticipation was terrifying! Like every mother, I was worried that worst would happen, but it didn’t. He was under for 4 hours and had a difficult time coming out, but he was back to his old self within 24 hours.

I’ll be keeping you and Oscar in my thoughts and prayers.


40 liz stanley August 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

oscar singing this time was my favorite part of cousin week. i love it. good luck guys!


41 sarah jane August 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

Oh I can’t believe you posted this! my 5 year old is going to get surgery as well next week, with 2 hours of sedation and 4 baby root canals! I’m terrified! But I’m so glad to hear of other people’s positive experiences. Best of luck to you and to oscar!


42 Treva August 17, 2010 at 10:16 am

What a sweet boy! And what SOUL!! Do you ever look at your life, and just think “WOW!! These kids are mine?! How did that happen?” One minute you’re plotting to hold hands, and the next you’ve got these kids charming people on the internet. Too funny.

Good luck with today! Medical things with kids are the worst and always harder for the parents, I think.


43 Erin August 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

I am glad I am not the only one who gets nervous over what seem like simple procedures. It is still surgery but I am sure all will go well.


44 Danielle Lindberg August 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

The boys got beat! Way to go!!


45 Adrienne August 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

He is too cute. Thinking of you and your little guy today.


46 Cara August 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Thoughts and prayers are on their way to Oscar today. No need to worry…we had a dental surgery (very scary one) for my son two years ago. Whirlwind story over the course of 4 days…while on vacation we found a lump on his jaw, came home to dentist to find part of his jaw missing (yikes!), referred to a surgeon that put him in surgery the next day and was talking cancer and multiple jaw reconstruction surgeries to follow… Sam had the surgery/biopsy and the anesthesia was a snap. The surgeon and their staff were absolute pros. When the pathology came back a long, prayer filled, nail biting week later the Chief pathologist at UNC Chapel Hill said that in her 19 years on staff she has never seen this rare benign tumor that only happens in boys 8-11 years old. Sam was perfect, and would never have to have surgery again…even if it occurred on the other side of his jaw. Isn’t prayer amazing?


47 AlyssaP August 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Hi there! Love the blog (long time reader, first time poster).

My daughter underwent general anethesia for an MRI when she was 6 months old. It was really hard at first – because she was so little, we had to hold her down while they did the gas. But besides being a bit cranky when she came to, she was absolutely fine. Oscar is older, so I’m sure he’ll be fine. Just be sure to grab the video camera on the way home… :)


48 Jess August 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you two today!

I remember when my brother had surgery @ 14 for some busted cartilage in his knee. Apparently before the surgery, his friends had told him to fight the anesthesia as long as possible, so he’d get a bigger dose and apparently a bigger buzz. (Sigh. Teenage boys.) I don’t know if he got the buzz, but he sure did get loopy! As he was waking, he had the entire floor’s nurses in stitches. (No pun intended.) At one point, he asked one of them why he was there – she patiently explained that they’d opened up his knee and he’d feel all better soon. He paused and then asked (in the kookiest voice) if they’d found any candy inside. My brother, the human pinata.

Looking forward to hearing all about your little sweetie’s recovery.


49 KarinS August 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Oh he’s adorable! And on key!
We’ll be thinking of you guys today. (And remember to breathe, Mom.)


50 Jamie August 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Sending warm thoughts your way today. I’m sure he’ll do great!

LOVE the video!


51 Gabrielle August 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Children’s really is a great hospital, you and especially Oscar should be in good hands. Good luck to you all!


52 Kathy August 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I know it’s scary, but he will be fine and so will you! My daughter undergoes anesthesia regularly(she’s 4) and the best advice I can give you is let him wake slowly, all kids are different but the anesthesia usually makes them really cranky. The more they sleep it off the better, imo. Good luck.


53 Holly Craig August 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Anybody with that much determination in a song will be just fine with dental surgery! I am sending my prayers and hoping that your sweet boy feels better soon and gets lots of ice cream!!


54 naomi August 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Thinking of you all today and praying for an easy recovery for Oscar. We’ve done ear tubes and adenoids repeatedly, so I feel your angst.


55 Kelleyn August 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

He is a ROCK STAR! Good luck with the dental surgery!


56 Michelle August 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I don’t think it gets any more adorable that that!


57 Anne August 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Moms need extra hugs on surgery days. Tell Ben.

All four of my sons have had surgery. Ugh. My strategy is to be in the waiting room as little as possible – too many worried people there.


58 kaela d. August 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

glad to hear oscar is doing well : ) he looks like a tough cookie and the denver children’s hospital is full of wonderful people doing good things…..hope you have a relaxing evening!!


59 Alicia W. August 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm

So glad he is doing well! My daughter (age 5) had general anesthesia when she had her tonsils out. Everyone had warned me that she would be pretty scary when she woke up, but she was as sweet as can be. Now you have experienced it, you can be giving reassurance to others.


60 happy mrs c August 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

My son had tubes in his ears at 9 months! The most thoughtful thing that the doctor did was to actually carry my son into the operating room instead of putting him on that great big gurney. It meant the world to me!


61 Luisa August 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Oscar is so adorable! Love the video! He’s going to be fine! ;)


62 Sarah Buttenwieser August 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I read this once he was home & well. Phew! I fainted the one time anything really hard happened to one of my kids (physically). Broken leg, five year old boy. Mama fainted at the hospital.

It’s my birthday today so I knew upon the title that Oscar had to be fine. I mean, really, I’m here to protect on my special day. It’s a mama superpower, after all.


63 Tanya August 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

My son is waiting to have some dental work done as well and the thought of him being put under stresses me out! Glad all is well; give me comfort!

PS how long was he under for?


64 maile August 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

My son had to have two surgeries at age 2 and 3. It’s never easy, but it’ll be done before you know it. Sending hugs, prayers and well wishes. Your family is adorable.


65 stacey August 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

So glad to hear he is doing well (and you are too)! Lots of positive thoughts coming your way!

Extremely funny video that HAS put a big smile on my face!
I love moment 2:26! Someone is born for the stage!!!


66 Ted @ EduFunToys.com August 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Glad to hear Oscar made it home safe. Any kind of surgery is always frightening.

Cute video too!


67 Petit Elefant August 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Precocious starting undergoing anesthesia for dental issues at the ripe old age of 15 months, and still at the age of 10 has to continue with the practice.

I hate it, and it makes me feel nervous and vulnerable as a mother. But PHEW he’s okay.

P.S. the photo Justin took of us in NYC last week is one of my faves from the whole conference!



68 Elise August 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Glad to hear Oscar is doing good. I felt the same way when my 5 year old daughter had to have her tonsil removed. Sending her into surgery was heart wrenching. I was so taken aback since both of my kids were preemies and my son was sickly and ended up having surgery at 8 weeks old. But sending my 5 year old was very hard – perhaps because she also knew what was going on. Praying that Oscar recovers quickly!!


69 Robin August 17, 2010 at 11:54 pm

What a great singer and performer Oscar is! I’m happy to hear everything went well. Hugs and kisses to you all.


70 Laura August 18, 2010 at 1:33 am

My prayers are with you
Everything is going to be all right
That was a great video, and I loved all the clapping from his sibblings


71 Bethany August 18, 2010 at 5:50 am

Sending blessed thoughts to sweet Oscar! Hope all went well — Kindergarten will be SO fun {can you tell I used to teach K?} :-)


72 Kim August 18, 2010 at 6:13 am

What a cool kid. Love it Oscar! (Hope you get back to your rockin’ self quickly!)


73 Anneliese August 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

So happy to hear all went well with the surgery. I hope the recovery continues to go smoothly.


74 Joanne Dalrymple August 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

we just watched Oscar’s song and then the Evan Dando version. My 5 year old daughter said, ” i only like when Oscar sings it!” Good job buddy!!!!!!!!


75 emily August 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

Is there anything more precious than your little Oscar singing, “…these are prescious times…” This is so so sweet. I’m so glad your family is all home and safe today. Praying for swift recovery.


76 Angel August 18, 2010 at 9:33 am

I’m so glad he’s home and safe…good job mama – you made it through!


77 Natasha August 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

YAY! Glad to hear he’s safe and sound!


78 Jennifer August 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

My family watched Oscar’s version, Evan Dando’s version, and we heard Victoria Williams’ version. Conclusion: Oscar’s is our favorite. Also, when we first heard Oscar singing, we thought it must be a song by Bob Dylan. I would like to hear a Bob Dylan version. :)

I am glad to hear Oscar is doing well. :)


79 Heidi August 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

Oh my! That was so precious! I’m glad to hear everything went well! :)


80 Shanna August 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

that was the cutest thing ever! so glad to her he is recovering well!


81 amyks August 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Glad to hear all went well…


82 Juliana Chan August 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I am glad that things went well for you guys today! I just had to take my 3 year old at the dentist to fix a broken front tooth, and that alone just about broke my heart, and all he had to do was get a shot. Mothers…


83 Jordan August 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I want to make out with Evan Dando.


84 Holli August 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Oh My Goodness! That is just about the cutest dadgum thing I have seen in a long time! Precious precious precious! So happy he is home safe and sound! Blessings to that sweet baby boy!


85 Keia August 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

lol…too cute. I love how he gets a little burst of energy here and there and express a slight hint of movement.

Glad to hear things went well.


86 Sara August 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Just reading this now; so glad he’s okay!! I bet it’s been rougher on you than him ;). Speedy healing Oscar!!


87 Deece August 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Glad all is well.


88 Emme August 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I love this!


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