Thursday, August 04, 2011

Good bye tonsils, hello sleep

Joshua has always been a loud snorer. As in you can hear him across the house when he sleeps. Recently he also started to have retractions along with some sleep apnea (always scary to see with your sleeping child!) and it was decided that his tonsils were to blame. So out came his tonsils. We had the surgery at Primary Children's Hospital in the end of May. We couldn't have chosen a better place. He had the time of his life (before the surgery) playing with toys and exploring new places.

They had him change into scrubs and did an exam on him. Doesn't he look cute in scrubs?!
They told me that Joshau's verbal skills were very advanced for his age.  It's good to hear that the hundreds, possibly thousands, of hours of reading we've done with him has done something!

While we waited for the surgery he played with toys and a child life specialist let joshua choose a doll to color. She also showed him how the mask worked that he would be wearing and let him try one out on the doll.


Not surprisingly, Joshua's favorite part was riding in the cars there. They even let him ride one into the OR.

Joshua wasn't the happiest child right after surgery. He cried for like an hour.  I wouldn't have expected less from him though (you know what i'm talking about if you know the little guy!). He especially didn't like the IV and O2 sat on his feet.

But he fell asleep in my arms which he hasn't done in years so the crying was worth it--especially since James was the one listing to it most of the time. They wouldn't let us both in right after the surgery for some reason.

Here he is pointing out his IV spot on the drive home.

We had a pretty hard time getting joshua to eat or drink any thing for several days after the surgery. It was a bit stressful but thanks to those liquid yogurt drinks he survived. His breathing is way better now. I have to actually go right up to him when I check on him at night to hear it. A couple doctors told us that behavior often improves when tonsils are removed. This has not been the case. I had hoped it might be. But alas, no. I'm not that lucky ;)

1 comment:

JoLuba said...

Oh, poor little guy! He does look cute in his mini scrubs. Who would have know the hospital had so many cool toys?, haha. I hope he is feeling better by now! Miss you guys.