JMC has had large tonsils for as long as I can remember. At least, compared to his older siblings' tonsils, they appeared exceptionally large. When he was 3 years old, the pediatrician checked them at our request, and said they are large, but that it isn't a problem unless they get infected or cause sleeping problems.
Fast forward to this past winter. JMC (along with his siblings) had his first ear infection ever, and shortly after that, he began to snore. A few months later, the snoring got worse, and we also noticed some bouts of sleep apnea. So, off to the doctor again, and this time he was referred to an ENT. (He had a white film on his tonsils, and when the nurse performed the strep check, the giant Q-tip got caught for a second in between his tonsils!)
The ENT visit was interesting. First, there were a bunch of questions by a nurse. She declared that just by hearing his voice, she could tell he needed to have his tonsils removed. She took a picture of JMC for their files (at first he opened his mouth wide for the picture, thinking she wanted a picture of his tonsils!) Then the physician's assistant came in, gave JMC a check over and said it was definite; he would need tonsils and adenoids out. After his assistant, the doctor came in. He also checked JMC's throat, ears, and lymph nodes in the neck, and said it was certain that the tonsils and adenoids should come out, and sooner than later, since they were causing sleep apnea. (And the white film was actually food particles that were getting trapped there!)
JMC wanted to ensure that he would be fully recovered before summer was in full swing (mainly, before the pool opens) so we scheduled his surgery for May 11th. They sent us home with a lot of information, including a comic book in the style of the Magic School Bus to explain to JMC exactly what was going to happen during and after surgery. That comic book helped a lot!
In preparation, we tried to make as many sorbets and dairy free ice creams as possible, in all sorts of flavors - mango, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla. Papi made vanilla pudding, JA made white grape gelatin, and JT made vanilla custard. We also made pear sauce, applesauce, and pureed vegetables (carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash.) They said it was common for children to lose weight during recovery, and I wanted to do everything possible to prevent that if I could. It ended up that we had over prepared, but there was no way to know that before hand.
The night before JMC's surgery, we prayed over him as a family. We would be leaving so early in the morning, I wasn't sure if the other kids would be awake, and I knew they wanted the opportunity to pray for him. It was so sweet hearing their concern for their brother, especially from JL, who's only 3 years old. JMC prayed, too, that all would go well, and that it wouldn't hurt too bad. (Grandma blessed us with a visit so she could watch JA, JT, & JL, while Papi & I went with JMC.)
|Luigi (baby snow leopard) received a red magic glove, too.|
|Holding my hand :)|
|He asked for this picture, to show he made it through the surgery. We had just got home at this point.|
|On a cot in Mami & Papi's room, resting until the medication kicks in.|
|Playing "Monopoly Deal" with JT & Papi was a good distraction.|
|Note the styrofoam cup & straw filled with apple juice & a popsicle wrapped in a napkin in the glass. He had to take a sip of juice or bite of popsicle after each turn as a way to encourage him to stay hydrated.|
Each day for the first 6 days or so, JMC received a get well card; from family members, friends, and even the staff at our church. These cards cheered him up, and it encouraged him to know that others were thinking of and praying for him while he recovered.
|I just missed Luci sitting nicely and letting JMC pet her.|
|Mami reading the first Harry Potter book to JMC for the first time. He can't wait til we're through the book and he gets to watch the movie with his older siblings. JT is pretty excited about that, too. :)|
|After about 5 days, he decided he wanted pancakes, and then proceeded to make himself a peanut butter pancake sandwich|
|Playing with Luci|
|The night JMC received the all-clear from the surgeon, we celebrated by going to a local frozen yogurt place.|