Well, since not many adults have an adenoidectomy alone, I'll keep everyone updated on the post-op. That way, in case anyone should find themselves in my situation, they won't have as much trouble as I have had finding information.
My surgery was yesterday, at 1:30pm and after admitting and going to day surgery, I was handed a pamphlet titled " Your T&A Adventure " I had a good laugh, as it was about a 6 year old boy who was having a 'spaceship' go into his mouth, nose and ears to make him better. ( How can you tell the majority of these are done on children !? )
I got suited up in my oh-so-glamorous hospital gown and head off to my bed. I was asked a million questions about my health, medication, and if I had any removable body parts, dentures, metal in my body etc etc.
Since my Mom has been a nurse for 25 years at the hospital I was having surgery on, I was completely comfortable. Most of the women in day surgery remembered me being in diapers still. ( Scary thought ! ) I wasn't nervous, just scared that the anesthesia (sp?) was going to make me sick afterwards.
I was given ranititadine (sp?) and an IV was started with saline. My nurse asked me if I wanted my Mom to start my IV. I politely said " No Way!! She'd just tell me not to be a baby if I flinched !!!! " I did flinch, and yes, I am a baby. Yes, even though my Mom didn't put the IV in, she still told me not to be a wuss. I love my Mom. ( No, really I do, I'm so glad she was around )
They made me pee before I went and next thing you know, I'm being rolled down to the OR theatres. I heard the nurses inside the theatre, while I was waiting outside to go in, talking about the adenoidectomy. There were two other kids that day in who were having a T&A, so one asked if I was the 11 year old. The nurse poppe her head out to take a look at me, chuckled and said, " Nope, she's definately not 11 "
I was hauled in, prepped, and my anesthatist, looked at me and laughed. "You have a child's problem, eh?"
Yah yah, I'm a freak. I know this already.
On went the gas mask and I tried so hard to see if I could stay awake, but as soon as my eyes crossed, I was out. The next thing I knew, I was in recovery and I felt like I couldn't breathe, so I immediately started panicking and I had an anxiety attack as I was trying so hard to cough to clear the ick out of my throat. The rolled me on my side, as it made it easier for me to breathe. As soon as I figured out what was going on, I was able to calm myself down, but the sad part is, that even being almost 23, I still wanted my Mom there
Next thing, I remember waking up in day surgery again, feeling like I've been kicked in the face. They asked me if I was in pain, and I said that it wasn't really pain, I was just uncomfortable. I could talk, my throat felt like it was scratched with sandpaper. They told me that was b/c of all the instruments they have to put in my throat and up my nasal passage. I immediately asked for water, as I had nothing to drink for almost 12 hours and as much as I tried, I couldn't get this 'taste' out of my mouth. (You know the sensation you have in your mouth when you bite into a banana peel ? That's what I had, and water only made it worse)
I rolled onto my side and they monitered my blood pressure for an hour ... and then gave me some morphine and gravol. My whole face felt hot so they put a damp cloth on my forehead and the back of my neck which definately helped. My ENT came by and talked to my Mom and explained everything. The good news was the prednisone had helped to shrink the tissue, and there weren't nearly as big as they had been.
I was feeling sorta nauseaus and my stomach felt woozy, but that might have been b/c it was growling. They gave me ice cream, and I just sorta hung out until I had to get up to pee. The nurse had to come with me to make sure I didn't pass out, which was kinda awkward, I have to admit. I dozed on and off and decided that if I was going to sleep, I wanted to be in my own bed at home. The nurse made me get up and walk to make sure I was going to pass out again, and after a couple laps, I got dressed and was discharged, with the doc's instructions and a perscription for Tylenol 3's.
I didn't feel bad yesterday ... I had some soup when I got home and a popsicle and just sorta hung out on the couch. I fell asleep for a bit, woke up, took a T3 and dozed on the couch. I'm trying to drink as much water as possible, but my mouth just seems so dry no matter what I do, so I'm wondering it was something they may have put in my mouth during the surgery? Towards the night, my ears started to burn and my face was hot again, so I grabbed a couple ice packs and tried to sleep, but for some reason, I just couldn't. I popped another T3 and finally konked out about 1am or so.
I woke up this morning feeling like I've been hit by a truck. The only way to explain is that I feel like I have a bad, bad cold. I coughed up a lot of phlegm this morning, none of it was bloody, which means that my burn sites (they used cautery) aren't bleeding. It hurts to cough, so I sort of wheez. I dont want to talk and my ears are driving me insane !!! They are so hot inside and are burning ... but that's just b/c of where the e-tubes are located. My neck is also sore, but that's probably b/c my muscle bed was bruised at the back of my throat from the surgical instruments being 'jammed' up my nasal passage. Trying to breathe through my nose is next to impossible b/c it's still pretty plugged, which I was told to expect until I was healed. I also have a headache - but who knows where that's coming from ?
I've made some tea, and oatmeal and took another T3. ( the phamacist said the codine can make you constipated, so you're supposed to ensure that you're eating fibre - - you can buy high fibre outmeal to help with that) I've turned on Martha, and I'm ready to chill for the rest of the day.
I'm relieved that it's finally done - - and I'll keep this thread updated on how I'm feeling over the next few days.
** I just have to admit that I've got the easier surgery. I couldn't imagine having a tonsillectomy!! This is bad enough. Kudos to everyone who has both at the same time!!