Went to the ENT about ds's adenoids...m

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Went to the ENT about ds's adenoids...m
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 9:44am
She saw him 3 weeks ago, they were exceptionally large, gave him an antibiotic & nose spray to rule out an infection. No change. He's had problems since Dec., snoring, extreme fatigue all day even after 12 hours of sleep, no concentration, can't breathe through his nose. Well, today she asked me more about the sleep apnea, I told her what I observed where he breathes really loud, then nothing, then starts breathing again. I've slept with him 3 times, since his first appt., is a very restless sleeper. We also can't potty train him at night, still wears a pull up (He'll be 5 in May). After hearing all this she suggested the T & A removal. I was prepared to do the adenoids, not the tonsils since the recovery is riugher. She said removing both helps with the sleep apnea problem, more so than just removing the adenoids. I am supposed to get back with her after thinking about it all, to set up the surgery. My questions to anyone whose been through this because I'm really nervous--should she have taken another x-ray to see if they've gone down in size, she is basing this decision for surgery on what I've told her which is that there has been no change and I've noticed the sleeping issues. My second concern is anesthetic & the risk of death. I know it sounds crazy, but this is a worry. How would you handle this one? The ENT told me the T & A removal has a 1%-5% chance of complications which is mainly bleeding post surgery. I'm not too concerned with that, it's more of the anesthesia issue. I'm making a list of questions to ask her over the phone before I go ahead and schedule it. Please, any thoughts or advice is welcome. I think doing this is the right thing becase he is so tired and miserable all day due to not getting adequate rest. Thanks.

Lisa

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 9:58am
My DS , Almost 5 had this surgery a few weeks ago.. It has been a godsend. Kids rebound much faster then we do. Of course it is surgery and that always had it's risks. My DS , who can stand as much as a paper cut without making a production out of it, woke up after surgery and never needed pain meds, ate regular food within a day or so without complaint (of course not steak). Was very pleasant and has been almost 100% better with sleep and behaviour since. Also it cured a lot of his breathing problems and I am glad we did it.

I know it is hard , but while there are risks, you have to weigh them against the benfits.

Good Luck! I hope it works out well!

Nicole

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 10:07am
Oops, I meant to post this under new discussion! Im just not used to this board yet!!!!!!!!!!Thanks Nicole, I am so gald your son is doing well. I'm just freaking out now that it has come down to this. I actually just called to schedule the surgery and am waiting for them to call back. Thanks again.

Lisa

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 1:30pm
My ds just had his adenoids removed over a month ago, and I wish the ENT would have done his tonsils as well. He is still snoring at night, and I think he is going to end up having to go back to have the tonsils out, I made an appointment at the end of the month (the soonest he could be seen!) I was scared to have my ds put under too, much more nervous about it than when my dh has surgery. But he did fine. I think it's good to be informed about the procedure, but you can't dwell on the what if's too much or you will make yourself crazy. To be able to have your child have a peaceful night's sleep will be worth it, not to mention it will be very helpful when he goes to school.

The ladies of this board are great at giving support as well! We will keep you ds in our thoughts and prayers!

Stephanie

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 2:46pm
My DS Almost 4 had his T/A out a year ago, and he recovered amazingly fast. We got home from the hospital and had to basically pin him down - he was ready to get up and play! The only complication we had was with the pain med, they gave us ( Hydrocodone). It made him very hyper, and then he threw up. He was fine after that wore off.

My DS 6.5, had just his Adenoids out a year ago. Now we have to go back in and have the T's done. They are huge - which the doc. just now bothered to explain to me - it is common that the T's get big and "sick" once the A's come out, because they try to take up the slack. AAAHHH!!!! I wish they had just done it all at once!

As far as the anesthesia goes, my older ds did fine, and so did my youner ds - he has had a total of 4 trips to the OR. Talk to your doc. and the anesthesiologist before hand, and I am sure they can answer your questions. I think it is the hardest on us moms!!!

Best of luck to you and your ds - better days are ahead!!

Jennifer (sahm to DS 6.5, DS almost 4, DD almost 2)

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:33am
my son had his T & A out and tubes in his ears 2.5 weeks ago. it wasn't fun but he is definitely breathing much better and his hearing has cleared up to. the first 5 days were pretty rough but he was ready to go back to school after a week. we had no complications. just keep them on the pain meds and things go pretty smoothly.

no more snoring and much better sleep!