Getting tonsils out?

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Getting tonsils out?
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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 12:46pm

We took Zak to the ENT doctor yesterday and he is getting his tonsils out on Dec. 18th. Yeah, I am just a glutton for punishment but my mom can help me while Zak recovers. Hopefully, Devin will hold steady health-wise. Zak cried at first but he has decided he will do it for the extra attention and the gifts. That's my boy! He is always motivated by gifts and pampering-just like his mother.


Does anyone have any helpful hints for his recovery?


"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 2:05pm

Aww ... I'm sending stiff upper vibes for Zak!!

 

Linda - wife, mother, grandmum                     &nb

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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 2:37pm

Thanks! I am sure I will be playing a million games of Uno, Dino Monopoly, checkers and pick up sticks. He won't play Battleship with me and I love that game!


We will boredom busters!

"I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it"

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 3:50pm
Make loads of jello. Jello counts towards the 64 oz of fluid you need to consume post-tonsillectomy. Water and other fluids just hurt my throat but jello was easy to eat. Make sure he gets the 64 oz of fluid everyday as drying of the throat post surgery causes more problems. Also, don't let him whisper. It strains the throat more than just talking. Talking is okay, but whispering is bad.

Good Luck!

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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 4:11pm
I got my tonsils out when I was 36 y/o. I was a little tender for a couple of days, but that was it. I was on a liquidy diet for about a week - jello, soups, and as much ice cream and popsicles as I wanted. I went back to work 2 days after mine. Apparently I was a quicker recoverer (is that a word?LOL)than most children.
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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 5:32pm
Popsicles, popsicles and more popsicles. they are very soothing.

good going mom!! i know he will be soooooo much better without them. good-bye strep!!

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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 5:38pm

Yep, the doctor mentioned getting the tonsils out first. Devin was upset because I asked the doctor how quickly it could be done. He said I acted like I wanted the doctor to get out his scapel right then and there. My theory is that if you are going to have to get it done, why wait? Get it over with as fast as possible. What is there to think about? Of course, that theory has gotten me in trouble in the past.


Hopefully, no more strep!

"I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it"

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 9:15pm
Hey when the doctor gave me to o.k. for jaime, i wanted him to get out the scalple. i was tired of her in pain all the time. it does work wonders. those strep germs very often harbor in the tonsils. im all for taking out organs that cause problems and we dont need. ive been without my tonsils for 43 years, and havent had as much trouble since then as i did by the time i was three years old!!
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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 10:23pm
Dd had them out. Offer Popsicles, Fruit Pops, Jello and lots of cold juice at first. After a few days offer tepid non-creamy soup (chicken w/stars and the like). Ice Cream or any milk based product is not recommended because it promotes phlegm which irritates the throat.

Give him the painkillers the doc prescribes.

One thing about having the tonsils out is that sometimes it takes longer to recover than the doctor says. Ours said a week but it took about 2 for dd to feel up to going back to school.

She hasn't had strep at all since the surgery 6 years ago.

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Thu, 12-04-2003 - 10:13am
DD, 18, had her tonsils out last year. The doctor said all the the old ideas of only soft foods, jello, ice cream, etc., was not good for healing. He wanted her to avoid all milk products because it increases mucous and interferes with the healing and can cause more congestion. He wanted her to eat as much of a Subway sandwich as she could manage the same day of the surgery because when they scoop out the tonsils, the muscle around it wants to curl in and that isn't good for healing either and can make it stay sore longer. Eating solid foods increases the swallowing motion and helps keep the muscles from curling in where the tonsils were. He also said salty foods helped with the healing. It hurt to swallow, but it did help her heal faster. When they used to use stitches after removing tonsils, what the person ate was more of an issue. They don't do that any more so there isn't the same risk of doing damage to the area. I think the popcicles and jello are fine in addition to regular foods but not exclusively.

Also, be prepared for ds to throw up at least once after the surgery. Anesthesia makes most people nauseated after they wake up. The doctor or nurse will probably tell you about the possibility. My dd got her's done while still in recovery at the hospital, but I had put a pan and towel in the car before we went to the hospital just in case she got sick on the way home. We also had a pillow and blanket in the car for her because she was still really sleepy from the anesthesia and slept most of the way home. The whole process from admission to discharge (outpatient) was about 6 hours for us.

The second day is more painful than the first so when you first get home he may seem to be doing really well. By day two or three he will probably need a lot of sympathy and will be expressing dislike for the doctor, you and everyone else involved.

We bought bags of frozen corn and peas to use as ice packs around her neck. They mold around the neck well and can just be refrozen. (just put the bag into a zip lock freezer bag in case it leaks as it thaws around the neck area...no one wants corn or pea juice on them! lol) Plus, they are cheaper than other regular ice packs.

Hope that helps. It's realistic if nothing else! lol! I'm sure the doctor will give you instructions according to how he wants your ds to eat, how to manage the pain, etc.

Cindy


Edited 12/4/2003 10:29:22 AM ET by cindytree

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Thu, 12-04-2003 - 5:17pm
Add my vote to the Popsicles, more Popsicles list. Anything cold. Kids do recover from the surgery a lot faster than adults, so he should be fine by Christmas, but just to be safe provide LOTS of bland versions of your Christmas dinner favorites for him (my throat was a bit raw for another week or so after I was deemed "well" enough to go back to work, and even foods you wouldn't ordinarily consider "spicy" could hurt). Keep ice water handy for him if he needs a quick 'rinse'; that helps as much as anything if he rushes the spicy stuff.

Stuff to steer clear of would be pepper (black or other spicy varieties; green or red bell pepper would be fine), chili powder (even in VERY limited amounts), etc. If they are popular with your family, either fix some without any at all, or have everyone season their own to taste.

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