Thursday, February 10, 2011

Goodbye, Tonsils! *graphic pic included*

Yesterday, Harper finally got her tonsils out! She has never really slept great, due to "obstructive sleep apnea". Basically, her gi-normous tonsils blocked her airway. They touched each other in the back of her throat! They crossed each other when she got sick! Sometimes, she'd even gag on yogurt.

Our doctor wanted to wait till she was 2, to have them out, for safety reasons. So... IN WE WENT as soon as the holidays were over!

Poor little thing! This was the third time she's been put under anesthesia in her short little life! First for ear tubes, then for a clogged tear duct. Neither time was pleasant in the recovery room. She gets CRaNkY!!!! And she is La-La-LOUD!!!!

But they are wonderful at the Avenues Surgical Center, and very well equipped for kids. Lots of fun stickers, and little socks and gowns. And little monitors that fit on their toes.

AND they are ready with those LOOOOOPY drugs to get them calm before hand! Thank goodness!

Surgery only took about 40 minutes. As I feared, she was NOT happy when she woke up. Luckily, the smarty nurse gave her some extra pain medicine, so she went to sleep soon after in daddy's arms.

We were able to get her dressed and home while she was still groggy.

This mama was so happy to get her baby home! I was so worried! And so relieved that everything went smoothly.

She did really well yesterday, eating, and drinking, and taking her medicine. She's continuing that today also. BUT, she is not reacting well to the Tylenol with Codeine!!! She is HYPER! And WILD!! And she's acting like a dog, and licking her arms, and jumping all over the place!! Kind of funny, yes.

I'm also glad to see she's not in any pain. BUT- I would rather see her pain free and groggy and resting. We'll see what we can do about that.

So far so good. She (and I) didn't sleep really well last night, but from what I did observe, even with a swollen throat she is breathing so much easier! No more mouth breathing! No more snoring! No more Darth Harper!
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Nicole said...

So happy that she is breathing better. Glad to hear that things went well. What a great surgical center - that makes things better when they are prepared to deal with children.
p.s. love Harper's hair!

Megan said...

Here's hoping that the missing huge tonsils will equal more restful nights :). I think you should have created a tonsil casket and buried them in yard ;).

Jeff ~ Shaney said...

So glad she is feeling better. I still cannot get over how much you look like your mom. Love Mrs. B. This means if Harper sleeps then momma can too. Yeah for drugs!!!

Mandi said...

Bless her little heart. Hope she gets feeling better quickly.

Gary said...

If you put a quarter next to the tonsils, would it look the size of a dime ? They look huge ! Hope she (and you and Greg) do well this week.

Mama T. said...

God bless her! Those tonsils were HUGE! Poor little thing. Well now, at least, you have a 'family set' of tonsil pictures for you, Cannon and Harper!:)

Erica said...

Oh my! Poor sweet baby girl! That is so rough to go the patient, yes, but ESPECIALLY as the mother! Here's hoping that you all get feeling back to normal soon. Get some rest!! :o)

Jadie said...

Ughhh... I am so happy for you that this is over and done! It sucks to see our babies hurt and it's worse to let someone take them away when we know what is going to happen. I want you to know I love you dearly and will ALWAYS and FOREVER cherish your Friendship!