Thoughts on removing my 5 year olds tonsils and adenoids

Right now I’m sitting shotgun in the T&C, listening to public radio discuss the Iowa Caucus and the candidates. We’ve been listening to a lot of political public radio lately. But it’s hard not to when you live in Iowa! It’s been a crazy place to be! 

Maximus is in the back with headphones, comfy clothes, his special blanket, his favorite puppy, and he’s watching the LEGO movie. There’s snowing blowing across the roads that are already partially covered in snow and ice. Basically, it’s not the best driving conditions but we’ve got a 45 minute drive so Maximus can get his tonsils and adenoids removed. 

We didn’t come to this decisions lightly. We don’t run to the doctor on the first cough or fevers. We let little bodies work through it and give OTC meds when they need some help. Our sick kid parenting probably comes from my approach to deal with my own migraines instead of going to see someone. It might not make me the most compassionate caretaker. 🙂 

We’ve had a long fall. Not necessarily being in and out of the doctor, because I’m convinced that Maximus has an insane pain tolerance. Again, maybe something I’ve passed along. {As I write this through the beginning stages of a migraine.} This kid once had a ruptured ear drum and double ear infection and didn’t say anything until right before it ruptured and then said he was fine. The looks we got in the Doctor office were kind of amusing. {That got him a one-way ticket to tubes, which gave the Doctor a way to see that he had enlarged adenoids.} 

A few months ago I noticed that his tonsils were big. Like really big. We took him in that next week and he had a positive strep test IN the office. Again, looks of shock that HE didn’t tell us something was wrong. We were only in because his sleep apnea had gotten bad and we needed to know how this played with his adenoids. And I was scared at how big his tonsils were. This kid. 

So here we are, one cancelled surgery due to him being sick, in the middle of what was supposed to be Snowcopolypse, driving to take my 5 year old to a surgery appointment. I’m ready to put the sleep apnea and general yuck that he feels behind us. But I’m a giant ball of nerves! 

I’m finding peace in the things that God has provided us with this week. Two days in a row, our neighbor cleared our driveway and sidewalks. Unknowing of what our days were looking like this week. It has been a huge blessing to us as Bryan didn’t have the time to do it. The weather was forecasted to give us 10-12″ of snow and 30-40 mph winds. Thankfully, we didn’t get that. We have mostly 100% visibility and mostly clear tracks to drive on. 

Send your happy thoughts and prayers for a textbook surgery, manageable recovery, and no bleeding after the surgery. ❤️

1 thought on “Thoughts on removing my 5 year olds tonsils and adenoids

  1. Sara

    Best wishes, Maximus! (and mom and dad) Sending that sweet boy hugs from his friends.

    And I understand what you are saying on the pain tolerance (and how it makes you feel as a parent). Q broke two bones in her arm and I didn’t take her in for 2 days because she wasn’t complaining! These kids!

    We’ll be thinking of you and hoping and praying for the very best (and easy) outcome and recovery!

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