Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Two weeks ago Sammy went under the knife and had his tonsils and adenoids removed.  I wanted to share about the process for anyone who’s child is having this done.  I had a lot of questions that I couldn’t find the answers to about the actual process.  So hopefully this is helpful to someone else! 

The night before the surgery Sammy requested Costco pizza and a smoothie.  We were happy to comply:

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The next morning we were off to the hospital nice and early.  Which was a good thing since Sammy had to fast and was very hungry in the morning!  We got checked in and taken back to a pre-op room. 

After we got all checked in Sammy had some great chill time with the iPad.  Then all of the doctors (surgeon and anesthesiologist) and nurse (the one that would roll him away) came in to introduce themselves.  Sammy did great and was very pleasant with everyone!

Sammy put on his gown and they attached his bracelets (one for his ID and one to let everyone know he has an allergy).  They did not start his IV before the procedure! 

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Then the time came to get wheeled out of the room.  He was able to take a comfort item with him and Baby Scratchy was happy to make the journey!! My biggest fear through the whole thing was the transition from hanging out with us to be rolled away to the operating room with out us. 

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As he rolled away he was still laughing and joking with the nurse and we were off to the waiting room.  My biggest concern was not really a concern at all in the end!

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Thankfully it was not a long surgery!!  After about 25 minutes the surgeon came out to tell us everything had gone well!  Sammy did have one stitch because one tonsil area didn’t want to stop bleeding on it’s own. 

The hardest part of the whole procedure came next…. the recovery room!  Sammy was so out of it and so upset and in pain.  It was not my favorite part of the event.  As I was getting back to the recovery area Sammy had some bleeding out of his nose.  This is fairly common but pretty scary to walk into the room and see blood on your child’s face and pillow.  After calming him down and getting him some pain medicine he was in much better shape.  Thankfully he mostly slept off the anesthesia, ate a popsicle and then we were released to go home!

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At home Sammy did great!  He drank Gatorade, ate more popsicles and watched TV:

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Sammy had some visitors the first day and really loved the special attention!  Tim’s parents came over not long after we got home.  He was glad to see them!! While in the recovery area Sammy kept asking for his Aunt Reatha.  She happily came over for a short visit after she got off work.

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The next day we had some friends come over to visit and Sammy was able to calmly play with them.  He talked some when his friends were over and they had fun playing with some KEVA planks my parents had sent for him.  However, by that night he was not feeling the greatest.  Rachel and her boyfriend David came to visit and he was happy to see them but they were the first to witness his sluggishness, which is not a word anyone would ever use to describe Sammy.  That was his behavior for the next 3-4 days.  We were giving him pain medicine around the clock and all the mush food we could think of.  He lost weight, watched a lot of TV, and drank a lot of Gatorade! 

Then his energy started to return and the need to be running and wild.  Unfortunately, he was not allowed to be physically active for two weeks!  This presented challenges of keeping him calm and entertained.  We played a TON of games, did science projects, and watched entirely to much NETFLIX. 

This afternoon is Sammy’s last follow up appointment and hopefully he will be released to do everything!  If he is we are going to celebrate with Costco pizza because that is all Sammy has talked about for 2 weeks.  There are a few other foods he is really missing but that one is the highest on his list! 

I hope this is helpful for someone else who’s child is having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy!! If you have any questions please feel free to ask.  I will do my best to try and answer them.