Sunday, November 19, 2017

Reese’s tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy & cyst removal

All of Reese’s life we’ve been told by pediatricians that her tonsils are huge. So around 4 years old I took her to the ENT. He confirmed that her tonsils were huge but since I didn’t feel like she was experiencing apnea symptoms (though she did snore very loud) he didn’t feel that we needed to have them out. Well a few years later and I was pretty sure she was experiencing apnea I took some videos of it and took her back to the ENT. After seeing the videos he said there was no question they needed to come out. So we scheduled it for the Friday before Thanksgiving so she would potentially only have to miss one day of school.

Of course the month or so before the surgery she didn’t seem to even snore as badly so I totally second guessed our decision to have the surgery. But I was told that apnea can come and go and she still needed to have it done. 

She also had a little spot on her side of a bunch of small cysts under the skin. The layman’s term for this is frog spawn because they look like a bunch of frog eggs. We were told if we didn’t have these removed they would continue to grow, be itchy and irritating and prone to opening, bleeding and infection. So we enlisted a general surgeon to do this procedure at the same time the ENT did her tonsil and adenoids.

She was so brave about it all. About a week prior she did get scared and had a lot of questions and cried for over an hour but after those questions were answered she was good for the remainder of the week.

Upon getting to the hospital she was nervous but a trooper. She had a meltdown when it came time to put on the hospital gown. She said it was because they were so ugly but I think it came down to the fact that it was real at that point. She also cried because she wanted her sister (who went to school for the day because we needed to be able to focus on Reese). She managed to calm down and get the gown on and the rest went pretty smooth.

I did get texts from Ella’s teacher about how worried Ella was. So I sent texts keeping Ella’s teacher updated so that she could pass it all on to Ella. That seemed to help her anxiety levels, so sweet.

After surgery the general surgeon came in and told us that everything went well and her cycts had been removed. She said the incision was larger than planned because there were more of the cysts than she realized from the outside. About 45 minutes later Dr. Black came in and told us that her tonsils and adenoids had been removed and that she did great. He said her adenoids were some of the largest he’d ever seen (& he’s been doing this for a long time). That helped to confirm we made the right decision in having this done. 

These are a few pictures of the day of surgery:

Day 1 (day of surgery once we returned home):
She was mostly herself but a little run down. She ate like a bottomless pit: applesauce, 4 fudgesicles, a bon pop, ice cream, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and peas and chocolate pudding. Her friend Avah came over with a balloon and some popscicles and she showed her all of her gifts her sister gave her and ran upstairs with her and played her ukulele. We kept telling her she should rest but all she wanted to do was craft. The little time she did rest she had 2 precious canine nurses. Neal slept in our bed with her the first night (at Reese’s request) & it was rough. He would wake her up every 4 hours for meds and she was a bit shocked by the pain she was feeling due to her throat being dry due to her mouth breathing. There were lots of tears but I woke up to help each time and we would get the meds in then get her a popscicle and she would then go back to sleep. 

She made this sign and hung it on my door (where she spent most of her recovery) with her balloon:

Day 2: we let her sleep in and when she woke up she was about 1.5 hours past her due time for more meds and she was in pain. It wasn’t any worse than the night med sessions though. We got her meds in her and she was fine soon after. Neal and Ella went to the Razorback football game and to run some errands (it was miserably cold and rainy so they only made it to half time). I managed to get Reese to bathe and we bushed her front teeth. After bathing she didn’t leave my bed all day long. All I got her to eat all day was an applesauce, about an eighth of a small milkshake and a portion of a popscicle. She was so sweet but pretty miserable. She slept for about 3 hours mid day. While Neal and Ella were gone we had a flower delivery...Neal’s parent sent her a beautiful bouquet with many purple flowers. Seeing this did bring a smile to her face. While she was asleep her precious Sunday school teachers stopped by with an American Girl doll activity book (they couldn’t have picked a more perfect gift) and one of my best friends dropped off a teeny bopper magazine, balloon and Italian ice. These gifts for sure brought a temporary smile to her face but day 2 was rough. The overnight was easier (I took this one) probably because she knew what to expect and she’s learning the benefit of the medicine and that it’s worth it to just get it in. I also didn’t set alarms for medicine and she pretty much let me know when she was hurting, which was just about every 4 hours.

Day 3: Day 3 was another rough day, very similar to day 2. Today she quit talking due to pain. I can get her to drink about a half a cup of Gatorade at a time and I managed to get her to eat about 4 bites of macaroni. She will take a few sips of water when I make her every half hour or so. She spent today on the couch watching tv and doing iPad. She took a couple hour nap and did play with her sister on the couch for about 15 minutes. Our sweet neighbors dropped off some color changing clay, floam and bon pops which brought another smile to her face. There were hints of her fun personality that came through today but overall she was pretty miserable. I took the overnight again and she would wake up in pain about every 3 hours so I’d have to comfort her until we made it to the 4 hour mark for medicine. It was an uncomfortable night but nothing too terrible.

Day 4: Day 4 May have been one of the hardest days. Neal worked and Ella went to theatre camp all day. Reese spent the day in my bed with a couple hours spent on the couch. She was more needy this day than others and we had a good hour and a half of crying due to pain. I tried all that I could think of to relieve some of the pain like an ice pack on her throat, eating ice chips, drinking ice water, back scratches to keep her mind off of it and then we would finally get to medicine time. We have Thanksgiving dinner at our house on Thursday so I was hoping to get a couple of dishes pre made this day but it was clear that wasn’t happening during the day because she insisted I lay next to her. We did get another shower in and brushed the front of her teeth, which seemed to help her feel a little better. Neal took the overnight and she stretched a little longer without meds but was close with her requests without an alarm waking them up.

Day 5: Day 5 was the best yet! She still spent most of the day in bed or on the couch but did get up here and there for more than just the bathroom. She pestered her sister a bit when she got home from theatre camp and while this was frustrating it was also refreshing to see her getting back to herself a bit. She actually wanted to color and do mad libs. I hadn’t really left the house since we got home from the hospital so I went to a short lunch and also went to get Ella from camp. After getting Ella we went to get Reese’s medicine refilled, grabbed dinner and grabbed a movie from the was nice to get out of the house for a few hours. We are a bit worried that she may have thrush because her tongue has a thick white film on it. So I plan to leave a message with the nurse tomorrow morning and hope we can get some response before Thanksgiving. I took the overnight and she only took meds once around 3 am all night. 

While Ella and I were out running errands Reese made this precious note for us and hung it on the outside of the garage door so that we would see it upon pulling in ❤️.

This is her day 5 look:

Friday, October 20, 2017

Ella's 6 year old questionnaire

1. What is your favorite color? Yellow

2. Who is your favorite friend? Katie and Emmy

3. What is your favorite snack? Macaroni

4. What is your favorite thing to do with Reese? Play barbies

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? A marshmallow and peanut butter sandwich 

6. What is your favorite drink? Chocolate milk

7. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with my friends 

8. What is your favorite sport? Soccer

9. What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor

10. What is your favorite animal? Giraffes

11. What is your favorite book? Pig & Elephant books

12. What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Playing games with him 

13. What is your favorite thing to do with mommy? Hanging out with her while she makes cups 

14. What is your favorite song? Twinkle twinkle little star

15. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Soup

16. What do you take with you to bed? Zoey and Lyla kitty

17. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas Eve

18. What makes you happy? Jokes

19. What makes you sad? when someone hits me

20. What do you think about before you go to sleep? My mom and dad 

21. What do you like to do as a family? Go to silver dollar city