Ella was then wheeled into the theatre room bay. Again more waiting but we had the anaesthetist and the surgeon pop in to say hello and provide some reassurance. Finally it was time and Ella walked into the theatre. Once on the table, Ella chose to be put to sleep with the mask (rather than a cannula) while holding my hand. Four breaths later she was gone! I left the theatre for the anxious wait! Thankfully I joined Jase for his lunchtime coffee before heading down to work to pass some more time and then returned to the family waiting area to continue reading my book.
It was close to 6pm as I drove the car as close as I could to the day surgery door and Ella once again struggled on her crutches. The exertion was obvious and she pretty much passed out on the drive home where she went straight to bed and slept for another hour or so.
As for her recovery - Ella bounced back very quickly. We initially thought she would have the remainder of the week off from school but she was very keen to return on Thursday (with some nurofen of course). Her post op follow up is in 2 weeks time so we shall learn more of the recovery pathway then.