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I just finished reading all of the entries regarding your situation...my son just had surgery on Friday the 8th. He is 3 1/2 and underwent a adenoid/tonsillectomy. I was terrified of having the procedure done, but he was suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. We discovered this when he was 2 1/2, but I was to scared to put him through it...until I started seeing the effects of the apnea. So, we are home and still not out of the woods entirely, but he is doing better. First a few words of advice. I was a bit pushy about any and every question that I had regarding the pre and post operative instructions/procedures. He has been at home with me since he was born and doesn't do well with separation...I insisted on some sort of medication to relax him before they took him away from me. I didn't want his last experience prior to surgery to be traumatic. They gave him an oral dose of Versed (sp?)it is in the valium family. It made him very giggly, then drunken, then tired and he made no fuss when they rolled him away in the wagon (be advised that this is a disturbing state to see your child in, so be prepared) Then they used a mask to provide anesthesia before they did an I.V. I was glad that he didn't have to experience that, though it was the first trauma after he woke up. He hated it, and kept trying to rip it out. We were sent to the PICU after waking because there were no beds available in the children's ward (we had to stay the night because of his apnea, most T & A patients go right home) While at the PICU though, one of the nurses remedied the IV problem. While he was sleeping she put a board under his hand and then taped a wash cloth over the outside...his inability to bend the hand remedied the pain issue with it and since he couldn't see it, he complained less about it.
Also, they gave my son two doses of morphine while he had his IV in...this helped him rest throught the first twelve hours...after that it has been Tylenol with Codeine, which he has been taking for three days now...we will be stopping tomorrow. It has caused constipation, which I discovered should have been a preventive measure to begin with...morphine and codeine are natural constipators.
We did the right thing, but as vigilant as I was about getting info, there were still things that came up...I hope some of these extras help eliminate possible discomfort for your little one. Your own discomfort will unfortunately not end until weeks after the surgery...I am still a wreck despite the benefit I will this will give him...it is your curse as a parent to bare this weight...just be sure not to forget the tylenol for your headache...you will both get through this together...and having a positive take on it will benefit you both.

[This message has been edited by hulio5 (edited 08-13-2003).]

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