Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day 5: Please do NOT pass the DIP!

Ok, so just as expected, we are at day 5. Day 1-4 has been heaven. Day 5 has been "can I put our son out the front door and hope a neighbor takes care of him?" No complaints of pain or discomfort. Eating fine. BUT, pure opposition from morning til bed time.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Snoring and Apnea HALTED! Ty woke at 8AM mellow & happy. I immediately gave him TySupp b/c the key is pain control. He has no pain unless he tries to eat and drink. Just like Hana, he spends the morning out of it, mellow and won't drink or eat. I am going garage sale-ing to distract him and get some fluids in him once the drugs kick in.

Today was a great day. Still the on and off low-grade fevers. He took an un-forced nap, woke happy and then ate lightly and drank fluids most of the day. He didn't need much meds until around 5PM and then he went to sleep once again with EASE. No crying, no need to stay with him. Just went to bed like a normal child tired who can breathe thru his nose. We are AMAZED.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Ty's surgery to remove his tonsils & adenoids was at 5PM on June 25th, 2009. We sort of followed our own guidelines about food/drink pre-surgery (so follow your Dr's suggestions, not mine). Ty's had a fruit stick, soy milk at 7am when he woke, smoothie at 8am and then his last meal was a huge egg, cheese & potatoe burrito at 10AM (we were suppose to stop all solids at 8AM) but my son metabolizes things much faster... and then he had only apple juice from about Noon til 440 when he went into to surgery to be anesthatized. We only gave him a short 30 minute nap which he took on the way to the hospital at 2PM (perfect recharge but not a full nap!). He woke from anestesica at 540, was giving Tylenol with Coedine and we were discharged at 820 after he drank 240ml of fluids which we gave him thru a 2tsp suringe (ONLY way he would take it). He did wake hysterical from anesth. and then was comforted by me and remained in my lap until discharged. He talked when prompted and waived hi to the children in the hospital. He was mellow and calm much to my surprise. I have seen some nasty 3 year olds in recovery when Hana was there (screaming, trying to take out IVs etc). He always hates things on his wrist so I was dreading how he would react to the IV when he woke (no reaction!). Ty passed out on the way home and then we woke him up before putting him in his crib for this 2nd dose of Tylenol with Coedine (1tsp for his 34 pound weight). He only woke once at 120 or was it 420??? and at that time I gave him 2 Tylenol 20g suppositories even tho he didn't seem in pain b/c he fell back asleep right away. He didn't even snore! Just a few whistling sounds and some sleepy dream noises. I am the one that slept terrible b/c I was holding him so much, my back and neck was spasming in the night.

The hospital was great!!!! They gave him all sorts of small toys to distract him, offered me snacks and gatoraid.

I actually ended up liking having the last surgery of the day. Recovery room is nearly empty, and Ty got to right to bed on way home versus having a drugged slumber and rest all day and then not sleeping well at night. I am in favor of late afternoon surgery in this case.
Tips: Bring a light stroller that you can push while you hold your son (ew that hurts!). Don't take other children with you that would hinder you giving your child 100% of your attention. Bring a change of clothes, ear plugs, mask, toothbrush, pillow etc in the car for you in case you end up spending the night (this could happen if your child refuses fluids or if there are any other complications). If they refused to drink, try different methods, straw, spoon, your own special sippy cup or a suringe (which worked for us).

DAY 1 of recovery (the day after surgery) "PACI BOY"

Ty woke up @ 8AM out of it and wanting to be stuck to me. 100 degree temp and would not drink...Tylenol suppository (2) at 8:30AM (not b/c of obvious pain, but b/c he refused liquids so I am assuming he is feeling something). No liquids and out of it most of the morning.
11:45AM 2 Tylenol Suppositories & then things got good...
Afternoon Report: WOW! Very different than my 4.75 daughter Hana! Ty ate a chocolate pudding, drank tons of water and by 3PM he had eaten cheetos, chips and a 1/4 thick turkey sandwhich.
Ty passed out at 415 PM for what we thought was for the night. He woke at 615PM, we gave him TySupp. and then stayed awake happy & mellow until bed time at 10PM.

Night Report: Ty only woke once at 220AM for what seemed like throat pain. I gave him another TySupp & he went right back to sleep.

Friday, June 19, 2009


So, Hana's surgery was a HUGE success. She has been sick twice with common colds and has fought both with ease. Pre-surgery, any cold would turn ugly after a week or so and she would end up on meds. So now I have almost 3 year old Ty who will have the surgery next week. Much like Hana his tonsils are HUGE and he is suffering worse in the sleep department - he can't breathe thru his nose at night and sounds like he has cotton balls in his mouth. He also has a hard time even falling asleep! We are looking forward to a future of good health and I will be praying that Ty heals faster and isn't difficult. It was a hard recovery for Hana who could rationalize my statements of "take these meds, drink this water or we will go to the hospital and you will need to get an IV in your arm" - Ty? I am not so sure he will buy into my adult logic. We shall see...