I think today was the hardest one we've had since Whitney was born. Last night around 5:00, we found out that Whitney would have surgery to place a shunt this morning at 8:30. The nurses suggested that we should probably get there as much before 7:30 as possible. So we were up before 6:00 and at the NICU before 7:00.
Whitney's surgery went well, and she was back in the NICU from surgery by 10:30. Whitney woke up slowly. As she woke up, she was in significant pain. She started crying uncontrollably. We tried to console her, but nothing worked. It took the nurses at least fifteen minutes to start her morphine, and it felt like an eternity before it worked. The whole time, Whitney was crying and wimpering. The feeling of helplessness was heartbreaking. It was the worst experience we have had since finding out about Whitney's spina bifida.
They finally got Whitney's pain under control, and she snuggled with Susan all afternoon.