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    Default Advice on DD's operation

    DD's operation is on the 23rd of July. It's really quite close now. And I was wanting any advice on what I could do to make it easier for her and me.
    She is getting her tonsils and adnoids removed, a sinus wash out and these things (can't remember what they're called sorry) enlarged things in her nose removed.
    This is what I have thought of so far.
    *New pjs. At the moment she only has all in ones so I will let her pick some nice special flannette 2 peice pjs.
    *books and mags
    *She will take her pillow (comfort item since 6mths old) and her favourite blanket.
    *colouring-in book and crayons (for the wait)
    *Portable dvd player with her favourite dvds (and some for me)
    *small bag each with special miniture soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc

    Am I missing anything I could or should do. I'm worried about post-op and she is scared even though I havn't put any fears on her only told her what the docter told me too.

    I was also thinking a special balloon and Teddy for when she comes out of recovery.

    I know its seems I'm going OTT but I want to try to make it less scary.
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    I think what you've got sounds great! I got special new PJs when I got my tonsils and adenoids out too

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    How old is she?
    Perhaps some special soft foods to tempt her to eat when her throat is going to be sore.
    Squeezy yogurt, choc or vanilla custard etc (put in a lunchbox with her name and the nurse will put in fridge)

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    She's 5. Has anyone had a child have this op or something similar any words of wisdom? Oh and she usually does swimming lessons and will have 2 before her op should I cancel them until she has recovered? I really dont want her getting sick and her op being cancelled.
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    Hey! DD1 had both her tonsils and adenoids out in may last year. I was 19w pregnant and MAN was it stressful!!!! Make sure you look after YOURSELF!!!! I had no one around to look after dd2, we had just moved interstate and the OP was back home, I was notified of the spot 5 days before so jumped on a plane with the kids without hubby. Couldn't think why my mum didn't take the day off to help?! It was a pretty drawn out process for us, I think DD1 was excited actually!! Seeing her go under general was, TBH really hard, I cried. They were all really good in the theatre, I called DH in tears once I got back and the nurses took dd2 so I could breathe! We waited around and the dr saw us straight away and reassured me everything was great, then took me down to see her. Because I hadn't eaten, literally, ALL day I took one glimpse of her and fainted!!! Mind you pregnancy hormones, the fact I can't just eat anything as to why I hadn't eaten. Not the best combo!!! Dd1 was a CHAMP!! When she got back she was really trying hard to smile through the anesthesia, we brought lip gloss, necklaces, new PJs, slippers. Her little rabbit went into theater with her, they put her to sleep so DD1 could see the mask and everything. She vomited quiet a bit afterwards, because dd2 was still partially crawling/walking she ended up picking up gastro that was going around the hospital that day, came down with it so quickly! Mum took her home for me so I could look after DD1, she pretty much slept the whole night and woke up in good spirits, we weren't sure if the vomitting with dd1 was the fact she got gastro or not but nevertheless she was all around happy!! We went home the morning of day 2 because of the continual vomitting. 2 days after I ended up on a drip because I caught the gastro and being pregnant with hypermesis it just wasn't a good idea to stay at home!!! Such an ordeal!!! I'm sure your experience will be NOTHING like ours!!! Just encourage you to use the alcohol pumps everytime you see them! The kids wards are full of germs unfortunately!!! It's a pretty straight forward procedure. DD just had loads of soft foods, juices and lemonade. Plenty of rest and wasn't allowed back at pre school for 4 weeks I think it was incase of infection. We kept her away from other children in that time as well, didn't go to the shops just in case. We have NEVER had another problem! She hasn't had even a little sore throat since!!! No more snoring and a HUGE improvement in her swimming lessons!!


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    Wow im sorry it was such an ordeal for you I hope ours isn't :-/ I am adding anti bacterial wipes to my list!!!!!!! We were told she needs 2wks of school. And I only have one child not pregnant so I really hope ours isn't as eventful. The thing in most worried about is her going under anesthesia and caring for her post op.

    Oh yes I'll be packing some food for me (and dd) incase I can't get to the cafeteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jensha View Post
    DD's operation is on the 23rd of July. It's really quite close now. And I was wanting any advice on what I could do to make it easier for her and me.
    She is getting her tonsils and adnoids removed, a sinus wash out and these things (can't remember what they're called sorry) enlarged things in her nose removed.
    This is what I have thought of so far.
    *New pjs. At the moment she only has all in ones so I will let her pick some nice special flannette 2 peice pjs.
    *She will take her pillow (comfort item since 6mths old) and her favourite blanket.
    *colouring-in book and crayons (for the wait)
    *Portable dvd player with her favourite dvds (and some for me)
    *small bag each with special miniture soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc

    Am I missing anything I could or should do. I'm worried about post-op and she is scared even though I havn't put any fears on her only told her what the docter told me too.

    I was also thinking a special balloon and Teddy for when she comes out of recovery.

    I know its seems I'm going OTT but I want to try to make it less scary.
    We are on waiting list to see a ENT for the exact same thing for my 2.5year old DS & ATM he is having high temps & very sick again wish you good luck & it will be better once she heals & is back to get normal self

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mummytopeanut View Post
    We are on waiting list to see a ENT for the exact same thing for my 2.5year old DS & ATM he is having high temps & very sick again wish you good luck & it will be better once she heals & is back to get normal self
    Thank you I hope your ds gets better soon. I highly reccommend seeing a private ENT Dr and going intermediate. I was on a waiting list for 6mths and heard nada from the public system. It's well worth having to pay and intermediate is a lot cheaper then full private care but a lot faster then the public system dd would have been waiting years (at least 3-5yrs). Instead we saw her ENT Dr straight away and booked op for 3mths time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jensha View Post
    Thank you I hope your ds gets better soon. I highly reccommend seeing a private ENT Dr and going intermediate. I was on a waiting list for 6mths and heard nada from the public system. It's well worth having to pay and intermediate is a lot cheaper then full private care but a lot faster then the public system dd would have been waiting years (at least 3-5yrs). Instead we saw her ENT Dr straight away and booked op for 3mths time.
    When you say immediate pay? Our of pocket cos we don't have private Health but happy to pay out of oursavings

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    we went through it last yr and my DD was the same as yours(maybe a couple months older).
    We had to stay near the surgeon for a week so were in an rented holiday apartment near the kids hospital(that was due to increased risk of bleeding and living in a rural area).
    So we just chilled otu in our apartment for the week- not going any fuirther then the corner store downstairs for a little break every few days. I had lots of food type stuff ready before she went in- so I didnt have to be running out to get stuff with her. One thing I foudn she really needed and helped was those long quelch/zooper dooper iceblocks- she needed them as soon as she woke up each morning because her throat was sore upon waking.

    Pain stop- we used both the day and night one- its like a strong panadol for kids for post op pain etc... can buy over the coutner at the chemist- we were advised to use the ngiht time one for the first 2 days out of hospital as it helps with sleep as well as pain and then the day time one for the next 4-5 days- then paadol after that for any remainign pain.
    we only had one night in the hospital which was good- since I didnt sleep- so maybe take ear phones to watch your DVDs at night in case you cant sleep (or have annoying neighbours in the next bed!)
    going under the GA- my DD has had GA 5 times and it doesnt get any easier- this time was the worst- I went in with her and she cried and tried to get the mask off so I had to hold her down for them- I bawled as I walked away- sometimes their eyes do roll back and it looks scary but is normal!

    They dont recomend soft food only nowadays as it lets a big scab form and when the scabs comes off it can bleed and hurt lots! I was told ot just let her eat whatever she felt like - they did give her chicken noodle soup 3 hrs after the op and because she couldnt swallow properly she choked on a piece that got stuck in her throat.
    One thing to avoid is acidy type foods like tomato and oranges as they can sting the throat.
    if i can think of anything i'll come back

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