Tonsilectomy and Adenoidectomy: One Week Later

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Well, it’s been one week since our six year old had his tonsils and adenoids out. All in all, things have gone smoothly, though there have been some bumps in the road.

First and foremost, the Lortab that he was taking to control the pain made him nauseated. While nausea is among the last things that you want when recovering from throat surgery, there’s a fine line between controlling the pain and throwing up. Unfortunately, he crossed that line on Saturday and we ended up backing him down to just Tylenol during the day with Lortab being reserved for bedtime (we were told to avoid ibuprofen).

The other bump in the road came very early on Day Six. We were told that his ear pain would be the worst on Day Six, and they weren’t kidding. We were awoken between 1:00-2:00 AM by a little guy with extreme ear pain. Unfortunately, he was so uncomfortable (and so out of it) that he refused to take any medicine. After a few minutes of cajoling, we finally got the medicine down his throat and got him settled back down. The balance of the day was filled with a good bit of discomfort. The good news is that today (the morning of Day Seven) he reports that his ears are feeling “good.”

Hopefully the worst is behind us. He’s still out of school, and we’re not sending him back until Monday. The earliest the doctor said he could possibly return is tomorrow but, since the next few days are critical for his healing, we decided to hold him out Thursday and Friday and give him the weekend to recover more fully.

Published on April 9th, 2008 - 5 Comments
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  1. I’m glad your son is doing pretty well. Weird how they can pinpoint Day 6 as the worst day – and it must have awful to be woken in the middle of the night by the crying.

    Comment by Chief Family Officer — Apr 10th 2008 @ 3:54 pm
  2. Good to hear your son is feeling better – ice cream helps to sooth the throat!

    Comment by Pension — Apr 12th 2008 @ 11:57 am
  3. Thanks for participating in this week’s Carnival of Family Life hosted at Vanilla Joy. The Carnival will be live tomorrow, Monday, April 21, 2008, so stop by and check out all of the other wonderful submissions!

    Comment by JHS — Apr 20th 2008 @ 4:16 pm
  4. I stumbled across your blog while researching prior to our 6 year old son’s tonsilectomy and Adnoidectomy. Reading through your experiences really helped us know how to be prepared, and not freak out so badly!
    Thank you! It was rough for about 10 days, but the results are amazing! He can breath through his nose again, no longer snores, and can smell things he never remembers smelling before. Hopefully this school year will not have as many absences as last year.

    Comment by Joyful Mommy — Aug 20th 2008 @ 3:29 pm
  5. I have a six year old son. During the summer he started going into my closet and stealing my panties and bras. He hides them in his room and plays dress up. When I find them I take them back. He’s also started getting into my makeup. I’m worried one because the takes these things without asking and hides them in his room; stealing. Two, obviously I am wondering, does this mean he is gay? If so, I’m okay with that, I accept my son no matter what. But in the meantime, what do I do? Do I encourage this as dress up or should I discourage him? I’m really at a loss; please help!

    Comment by jamee — Sep 2nd 2008 @ 12:42 pm

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