Surgery for Little Kids
As many of you already know, my 5-year old son had surgery this morning. We went in knowing we were getting his 4th set of ear tubes put in and having his Adenoids removed, but what we didn’t know is that he would also have his tonsils out. Having your tonsils out requires a much longer recovery time (about 2 weeks). My son was very nervous about the operation. He was upset yesterday asking many questions about what would happen, and also this morning he was up and waiting at 5:45am with his lights on (no idea what time he woke-up).
(Getting ready for surgery)
When he got there and the doctor re-evaluated his tonsils he recommended to have them out. I guess at least he won’t be put under again to have them out. It was all done in one shot. I hate having kids be put to sleep. The doctors have you hold your child as they go to sleep which is very sad, and then when they come out of it there can be some reactions. My son had a very hard time coming out of it this time. He was pretty wild and out of his mind. He was wailing loud and kicking. It was so sad to see. Finally after getting some calming drugs he was able to calm down and rest. In fact they calmed him down so much it was hard to get him up to leave.
(All drugged up)
After waiting some extra time to try and wake-up a bit he was finally able to walk around and get an ice-pop. Recovery requires no school for 1-2 weeks, LOTS of fluids, meds, soft foods only, and plenty of rest. This will be hard for him once he starts feeling a bit better, but we can’t risk him bleeding and going back into the hospital. It’s going to be a long recovery, especially when the doctor tells you day five is probably going to be the worst. I just hope it goes well. I am writing this quickly as he sleeps on the couch. I’ll keep everyone updated. Thanks again to all of you that sent positive messages this morning to me. It meant a lot. And thank you to the ENT Center of Rhode Island for the wonderful care!
(Finally up and eating an ice-pop)
Have you or your child had this surgery? How was your recovery? What was the hardest part?