**WARNING: This picture may be a little more than you wanted to know about my daughter's mouth.**
My 5 year-old daughter needs to have her tonsils out. It is a common procedure, but a surgery none the less. Her tonsils are enlarged so it's likely her adenoids are enlarged, as well. During surgery they will decide whether the adenoids need to be removed along with the tonsils. Poor girl has a kind of sleep apnea. She snores like a freight train and her breathing, during sleep, sounds very labored. On a few occasions I have noticed her breathing stopped. Glad we now know why that's happening and excited knowing that post surgery her symptoms will improve or even go away all together.
Initially we were going to wait until June because it made the most sense on the calendar. Just this week, however, we decided not to wait. She is not sleeping well and like any of us, not handling life very well without a good night's rest. What is best for her is to get this done so she can "feel better". The surgery is scheduled for April 14th which feels very soon. We would appreciate any prayers said on her behalf surrounding her surgery.
Good or bad, right or wrong, I have been feeling a little guilty knowing she is going to be in pain afterwards. I think I have decided to expect the "worst" so I will be pleasantly surprised when she does "better" than expected. Apparently recovery is about 2 weeks, 14 days, but children are quick to rebound so I'm thinking about a week or so and she'll be doing well. I'm having a hard time knowing what to tell her. If she were seven like my son I could probably offer a few more details, but even though she can understand to a degree what is going to happen, I know she has NO IDEA what "it's going to hurt" means.
I'm blogging about it because...I can! I plan on updating things as we go through this in case our "experience" can help or enlighten someone else one day. I have heard some things and I'm not sure what is actually helpful and what is not. So I guess we'll have to see.
If you have any helpful info about helping a child through a tonsilectomy, I'd welcome your comments. Thank you!
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