So finally the day came when we could get into the ENT. I played the video for her and within seconds she said 'oh yes, he has sleep apnea'. We immediately started talking about removing his tonsils and adenoids. Both which, when enlarged, block the airway.
Surgery was scheduled for May 22nd. The morning of we arrived bright and early. Miles did great waiting and took his meds to make him a little sleepy without a problem. They wheeled him off around 7:15. It was super hard to send him away because I knew that coming out of it he would be scared and upset.
The surgery lasted about 20 minutes. When the doctor came to talk to us after, she said we def made the right choice. His tonsils were the size of golf balls and she said it was actually one of the most difficult surgeries she's performed because they were so large and his throat was so small. She said his adenoids were quite large as well.
She informed us that Miles was moved to pediatrics and would be waiting for us....by the time we stepped off the elevator on the peds floor...we could hear him. Screaming.bloody.murder. It took forever to calm him down. Between the pain, the IV and the heart monitor, he was not a happy camper. We spent 8 hours in peds and were finally able to go home that evening.
Now onto the recovery. Everyone talks about the horror stories of recovery from having tonsils and adenoids removed.....and i was dreading it. As any parent knows, there is no reasoning with a 2 year old. The first two days went surprisingly well. I thought to myself 'what are these people talking about? This isn't bad at all!'. Then day 3 hit and the pain increased....and miles wouldn't take his meds because of the pain....days 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 were all terrible. Wouldn't eat, drink or take meds. It got to the point where we almost had to bring him in for dehydration. Eventually though, he did turn the corner and finally went back to daycare almost 2 weeks after the surgery. I wouldn't say he was completely healed until almost a month/month and a half after surgery. Looking back, i'm glad we did it but it was so hard at the time to watch him suffer and be able to do absolutely nothing for him. Lots of snuggles were had and we're glad to have our little boy back to normal!
|Waiting to be called back to surgery|
|After surgery....FINALLY fell asleep|
|I had to bring in reinforcements to get me through the days|
|What most of our days looked like|
|And when he wasn't sleeping/crying, he was so exhausted...and just looked sad:(|