T&A removal–part 1

Joshua used to be THE MOST sound sleeper. We always joked about how as soon as his head hit the pillow, we didn’t hear a peep out of him until 12 hours later…no tossing and turning, no waking up, just deep, deep sleep. Then at some point (I’m thinking sometime this summer?) we started noticing he wasn’t sleeping soundly. He was waking up at night and he just didn’t seem rested during the day. As the days passed, we noticed more things….he was snoring (and REALLY loudly) all night…he was constantly breathing through his mouth…he was falling asleep within seconds of getting in the car…he was coughing (like a dry cough) all the time…he was waking many times a night…he had some sleep apnea tendencies (though he never had a formal sleep study–just our observations)…he was so crabby and irritable and just always seemed unrested.  

It started getting really noticeable around Christmas time and I was randomly telling my sister about it. She consulted doctor Google and a lot of what she saw/read indicated that he definitely was having bouts of sleep apnea and that can be a result of the tonsils. I quickly checked in with a group of super mama’s (my Mom’s of Multiples group–they seriously have answers for EVERYTHING–such a wealth of knowledge) and very quickly I was getting responses to my inquiry. Confirming over and over that yes, this happened to my child, and yes they got their tonsils removed, and yes it made a WORLD of difference.  
I made an appointment with our pediatrician who did a quick exam of Joshua’s tonsils and didn’t notice anything super abnormal but recommended us to a pediatric ENT. I got a call the next day from them and they had an appointment cancellation for the following day so we could get in right away–I had anticipated needing to wait several weeks at least. I jumped on the appointment opening and in we went. The ENT took a look at Joshua’s tonsils and confirmed that they were larger than normal–large enough that she would recommend a T & A–Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy. The doctor said that typically if they remove one, they remove both to avoid the need to do a second surgery for the other after the fact. We could have shoved a camera down Joshua’s nose for her to check on his adenoids but since his tonsils already needed to come out, there was no need to look at his adenoids now; she would do that during the surgery.  


We scheduled surgery for a month later and held our breath that whole month hoping and praying that he didn’t get sick or a fever–if he had a fever over 101 we would have to reschedule. And at this point, we were barely getting any sleep due to his lack of sleep, so we just wanted to get the show on the road. Thankfully he stayed healthy enough to keep surgery for the scheduled date–February 10th!

Aunt Ede is a preschool director so she has a song and a book for every child related situation–including a Tonsillectomy. She found a book for Joshua that talks about a little boy named Danny who had to have his tonsils out; it was pretty descriptive and straight forward. I wasn’t planning to show it to Joshua until right before his surgery but he found it in the office and asked to read it; so we read it and didn’t make a big deal out of it. About 2 days before his actual surgery we started talking to him about how he has a hard time sleeping and how the doctor that looked in his mouth wants to take his tonsils out like Danny (the book) so that he can sleep better. We also discussed how he could eat lots of ice cream and popsicles like Danny and generally he was really understanding and ok with everything. We only gave him little bits of information as he needed them–I just didn’t want him to overthink things and then worry. He really did awesome with taking in the info, asking what he was curious about, but not dwelling on it!  


We ate pizza the night before surgery and just let him go to town–usually we would regulate the intake of pizza to intake of other things ratio, but that night we were like…eat whatever…fill up 🙂 At one point I said to Greg, “I kind of want to wake him up at 11 pm and feed him breakfast so he’s not so hungry in the morning….” and Joshy must have heard me and said, “No mama….silly….I can’t eat breakfast….” He was taking it all in AND keeping me in check 😉

Surgery day and recovery to come….
{Spoiler Alert} RECOVERY SUCKS


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