Thanks everyone, again for your thoughts and kind words. She did awesome!! We got in the hospital by 6am for her surgery at 8am. I was happy about that because she didn't really have time to get too hungry. We tried to keep her busy in that little room they give you while you wait. Then, they gave her the valuim/tylenol mixture that just put her in la-la land. The doctor said she won't remember what's happening or really care after drinking that. She was very relaxed. They took her back and we waited for about a half hour and it was all done. I held it together surprisingly.
They said she might be angry or cry when she woke up. She just kind of laid there and then wanted to sit on my lap. The only thing that freaked her out was the IV. They gave her 2 popcicles and she was happy.
When we got home, she had some mashed potatoes and played like normal. The week was great. No bad days or terrible recoveries. She has just been taking Tylenol/Advil off/on all week. She has been easy to deal with and I think just overall more comfortable. So, it was a really nice time at home with her - and we were expecting the opposite.
Whew!! I'm glad it's over and that we can go into the fall with a healthy girl!! Thanks again!
I had mine out when I was very young. I remember the anesthesia was stinky, but I knew to make that "better" I should breathe deeper and faster and it would go away. The surgical team was great in helping me know what to expect.
Afterwards, I was treated like quite the princess and was plied with cool sherbet and popsicles! My mom said I was asking if I could go back for another one sometime! LOL
Don't worry. If your little girl isn't scared, don't give her reason to be. If she is scared, find distractions. It will be done quicker than you know. And she'll be asleep!
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8/28/13 6:44 A
Children pick up on everything especially non verbal communication. The calmer you remain during the entire procedure, including before and after, the calmer she will be about the whole situation.
Just my opinion based on my own personal experience of having my tonsils out at the age of 4. I remember it like it was yesterday and I am 50 now.
8/28/13 5:47 A
My son was a little older when he had his done. It was not at a children's hospital but the doctor, nurses etc were fabulous with him. He had his favorite stuffed dinosaur, and it got a "wrist" band with its name too. It stayed with him until he went under. Whole surgery including tubes etc took maybe 20 minutes from the time I said "see you later" til he was out & done. The rest of that day was a little rough, he was a bit sick and weepy from the anesthesia and keep saying we were talking too loud. Probably because his ears had been blocked up so long, he wasn't used to hearing "normal" voices. I followed all the post-op instructions to a T. After his follow up doctor visit a week later, he was given the all-clear to eat anything he wanted. So he asked me to stop for Doritos on the way home. Ate a whole mini-bag and was just fine. He had been plagued by ear infections and strep throat, and the surgery made a huge difference-- it was most definitely worth it.
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My son had his T&A at age 2. The surgery went fine but he tested positive for strep the next day. So the post op fever etc were not related to the surgery but to the reason he needed the surgery. He did fine and your daughter will too. Just make her drink when you get home! Lots of popsicles or ice cream or pudding. Expect her to puke once post op. Most kids seem to once then are fine. Give Tylenol/Motrin regularly for the first few days.
8/27/13 6:12 P
Awe as a mom we do everything we can to protect our kids and just seeing them get a shot is I think more traumatic for us then them, I can understand you being nervous but she'll be fine. She's young she'll bounce back and it's really for her own good, kind of shocked she's not going to a childrens hospital though. Good luck to your little angel and you, will say a prayer for you both!
8/27/13 6:03 P
I think she will be just fine. I agree we as parents freak out more than we should.. but they will be our babies no matter how big they get. May god Bless You and Yours My daughter caught the Roto virus when she was a year old and was in the hospital x3 days hooked up to I.V.s !!! That was very painful for everyone but she took it like a champ and that was 30 years ago and not at a childrens hospital !! Everything will be fine.
My son had hernia surgery when he was about 3. They gave him something to relax him before the anesthesia, so by the time they had him in the little wagon and were rolling it down the hall to the surgical suite, he turned around and waved and giggled at us. I thought my husband was going to lose it...that's his boy. He came out of it just fine--it was trying to get him to settle down and recuperate afterward that was difficult. You can do it, mom!
Thanks everyone! You're so sweet. I will try to keep my emotions in check. I will wait to pace while it's happening. haha No, she is not going to a children's hospital. Our ENT does the surgery actually not too far from our house at a nearby hospital. So, we will have a 5 min ride home afterwards at least. I think it's the mommy guilt that she will have to go through the pain and isn't able to make her own decision about it. But, it will be a much better winter this year and not have as many medications (hopefully).
She has actually never had strep, but she gets tested for it almost everytime we see a doctor because her tonsils are so big. I think that would be down the road if we don't get it taken care of now anyway.
Thanks everyone for the mommy support!!
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I will have your daughter in prayer!!! Everything will be OK!!!
8/26/13 8:28 P
Both my kids have done it without problems. The staff are pros at making things easier. I definitely second being aware of your own emotions. If you are freaked out your kid will pick up on that and freak out too.
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i had this surgery when i was three. it was sort of an ordeal........my mother worried frantically that i would be emotionally scarred...........i have absolutely zero memory of it........if your daughter will be in a childrens hospital they will make it as easy for her as possible.
8/26/13 7:53 P
She will do great. And she will be better in 2-3 days. Hang in there mommy
Stay strong Mommy.... It's going to be tougher for you than your little one.
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2,738 8/26/13 4:52 P
Is she having it done at a children's hospital? My daughter had surgery to remove a cyst at about that she, but the nurses/doctors at the children's hospital were SO good with her. Every waiting room had toys/entertainment and every exam room had tv with cartoons. She was so distracted she never even thought of being scared. The anesthesia gas was bubble gum scented, and the first thing she told me when she woke up is "I got to blow bubbles!" But every kid is different and she was definitely not ever one to cling to me, so I never worried that she would freak out when she had too go away with the nurse. Good luck!
Edited by: KENDILYNN at: 8/26/2013 (16:53)
8/26/13 4:47 P
I have not, but my friend did. Everything went fine, and I think she just explained it that she was going to sleep and while she slept the doctor was going to fix her throat so it didn't hurt anymore. She also got a doctor outfit for her build-a-bear which went through the surgery first (and got a bandaid on his throat.) She's crazy over bandaids, so that worked for her.
Try not to let her see you stress. (I know, next to impossible.) If you're calm, she'll take it in stride. Good luck!
My 2 1/2 year old will be getting her tonsils/adenoids removed and tubes put in on Wed. As a mother, I'm of course nervous about the surgery itself. I know she will be scared and worried for her to be put under. I know it's "routine" and outpatient, but she's a toddler - I can't really explain what will be happening.
Long term, it will just be better for her. Her tonsils are enlarged and the doctor is worried about her breathing at night. The past 2 winters, she has been on antibiotics for ear infections for most of the season, like at least 4 different kinds per winter.
Just wondering if any of you have been through this surgery with a toddler. I've been reading about what to expect and talking with my friends, but every kid is different!