Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Surgery #1 scheduled

Yesterday I took N to our ENT with my list of all her strep throat episodes from March 2010 to the present.  I anticipated him wanting to hold off, but he read my information, counted them up, and said, "Yep, she meets the criteria."

And so at the end of June, following our Disney trip, my girl will be the last of my three children to experience a surgical procedure under the care of our beloved Dr. B.

Next Monday, I take both the boys for their ENT check-ups, and I am fully expecting Dr. B to recommend that G have the holes patched in his eardrums and his adenoids removed.  G hasn't had ear drainage from an infection since the fall, which is great, but it also means Dr. B might think G would do well to patch the holes and not require further tubes.

My hope is that Dr. B is willing to continue this watchful waiting because I really don't want to have G have eardrums patched/adenoids removed and then when he's 6 or 7 have to have tonsils removed like N.

I would love, love, love to go one year without someone in my house having surgery.  For many reasons.  The worry.  The cost.  The recovery (which for tubes is nonexistent for but all of the other surgeries we've had or will have is pretty rough).  Did I mention the cost?  And the worry??

(It is all I can do to think through how I am going to manage the boys while N is on the sick-bed for a good 10-days to two weeks, drinking slushies and feeling pretty darn miserable.  I have already begged my mom to come over every day for about the first four days post-op to help me manage.)

The last time someone DIDN'T have a surgery in my household was 2005.

Really, a little surgery reprieve would be most welcome.

1 comment:

Giselle said...

Ugh. If it makes you feel any better, Lily's friend had her tonsils removed in December when she turned 4. Her mom had blocked out 2 weeks for her to be feeling crappy. She was up and feeling better after 24 hours. The mom kept her home longer because she was supposed to, but the recovery was obviously not nearly as bad as expected.

I'll hope for the same for N.