When we mentioned that our older son was going to have surgery to put in Ear Tubes, Adenoidectomy and Tonsillectomy, we heard everything from that’s routine surgery to prepare for the worst week of your life. What we have learnt is that our son is a very strong 3 ½ year old who fights through the pain but, at the same time, he went through a major surgery and he needs time and space to recoup. Here are some of the tips we would suggest for you if you find yourselves speaking to the ENT’s surgical scheduler…
1- Bring applesauce with you to the hospital. They may/may not have popsicles for post-op and your kid may/may not want to eat one. Our son came out hungry and the popsicle was cold (surprise surprise, ice was cold!) and he wanted more food anyway.
2- Our wedding gift Margaretville Margarita Maker makes for a great ‘snow cone’ machine. Shaved ice, crushed ice and icees/snow cones are great sources of cold and hydration.
3- Stock up on Tylenol and Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil – we are told they are the same, but seems the Motrin has the edge) and, put them in the fridge.
4- Put everything in the fridge! Vegetable packets, applesauce, meds, etc.
5- Though we are anti-screen people, download movies! Tons of movies!
6- And, enjoy the intimate time with your little one.
Since we are past One week post-op today (and low on sleep), we may have missed a few things here but these are some that we did not read everywhere else.