It is kind of funny (or not…) how just as I say I am going to start blogging regularly something happens. And then a month goes by… and I don’t get to posting anything… again.
I must be the most annoying blogger ever. But this time, I think I have a good reason? Maybe not.. who knows. But the reason for the break this time is surgery.
Our second youngest had a reduction of her tonsils in November, and her adenoids removed (again). A year ago she had her adenoids taken out as she was having some sleeping issues and sounded very very stuffy all the time.
At her checkup after her surgery last year, her tonsils had gone done, and since the surgery is more intensive than adenoids it was reccomended that we wait to see if they would go all the way done.
Fast foward a year, and we went for another checkup. Her one tonsil blocked half her throat, she was nasely again, and the other tonsil was slightly enlarged. Not of this matter to me though. I had decided before going that I was going to request to have her tonsils removed.
We have been struggling with a very cranky 6 year old who could not control her anger at all. It has been bad enough that we have been called into the school to try and figure something out. About a month before her check-up in November I noticed that she was once again snoring, and after having her sleep with us, it was very obvious that the sleep apnea had returned, which would explain her outbreaks of extreme emotion.
So enough was enough, and we were booked in for tonsil reduction and adenoid removal within a week of her checkup. She was not excited about having to be put under again.. she could remember she didn’t like the smell of the mask. Luckily in Denmark, you get to sit with your kid while the put them under, so even though she fussed, we were with her.
Once under, we are asked to leave the room, then once surgery is done, you can come back and be with your kid as they wake up. This part did not go well this time. In typical Olivia style, she kicked, screamed and cried as the
anesthesia wore off. We were ensured that it would pass, and that it is normal for kids to act this way, and that she would calm down again and sleep it off.
She did not sleep it off, however calmed down once she woke up more. We had to stay for 2 hours afterwards, and boy was she grouchy about this. She just wanted to go home.
We spent the next week feeding her ice cream and hanging out at home, which she enjoyed quite a bit I think.
Recovery was pretty smooth. I think this is because I learned from last time and made sure to keep on top of the pain meds, even if it meant waking her up in the middle of the night for the first couple of days. She was for the most part never in a lot of pain thankfully, and very much enjoyed ice cream for breakfast for a week.
And… she now breathes through her nose when she sleeps! This was immediate and the snoring is gone. She also hasn’t woke up at night crying, and we have noticed a big change in how she is able to handle her emotions. No more rage and anger in the same way. Just a lot of attitude, but that is on par for her age and her personality, but no more uncontroable fits, which makes a huge difference for everyone. So I would say that it was a sucess and she is finally getting some proper sleep.
All that ended up getting me completely off schedule with work, plus I ended up starting Mini Backdrops up again, and the kids have had a number of Christmas stuff that we have just been busy. But now you know where I have been in the last month…
Until next time… (if we are lucky there might be another post this month…)