Pre Assesment on the 17th of January went very smoothly. Everything was explained fully and the MRI seemed pretty straightforward.
So we got to the hospital bright and early on the 26th... got a bed in the ward, got lil boy a hospital gown and went through most of the same procedures as when we prepared for lil boys surgery. This time the nurse brought some toys for him to play with in the hospital bed while we waited. We were second in line out of a group of three small children having MRI's that day. The wait wasn't too bad, kind of like a conveyor belt... wheel em in, wheel em out...
When it was lil boys turn, they wheeled him in the hospital bed to the anesthesia room by the MRI. Both big daddy and myself got to go in to anesthesia this time, and they decided to try the gas and air to put him under first. Big daddy held him down this time, while I stood next to him holding lil boys hand as they put the mask over his face. They told us not to breathe too deeply, as we might get some of the gas too. Watching lil boy struggle is the worst thing in the world, but the gas was much less stressful than the IV. It didnt take long before lil boy relaxed and fell asleep. At that point they had him laid on the table and we were ushered out so they could prep him fully for the MRI.
We went and got a coffee and a snack and waited. It went really quick, only about half an hour and we were called back to get our lil boy. He was groggy, upset, and it took a while to console him. We were wheeled back to the ward and once lil boy calmed down, the nurse tried to get him to drink. He refused for a while, but eventually he drank and had some lunch.
Everything went fine, his stats were all normal and he was released straight away. Sometimes the NHS really is efficent and well run.
We got the MRI results a couple weeks later. Everything looks normal, they saw no indications of a cause for lil boys hemiplegia. Its kind of what I expected, and I am glad. It means whatever happened, lil boys brain has recovered enough that there is nothing left to see.