Archive for September, 2014

Adenoidectomy

September 23rd, 2014

Link got his adenoids out three weeks ago (i’m behind).   He was a champ, really.  It was a simple & quick procedure, but hard for a two year old to comprehend why he can’t have his morning bar when he wakes up (he’s a man of routine!).  I think he asked every single person […]



Posted in: Baby Pork Chop
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Link got his adenoids out three weeks ago (i’m behind).

 

He was a champ, really.  It was a simple & quick procedure, but hard for a two year old to comprehend why he can’t have his morning bar when he wakes up (he’s a man of routine!).  I think he asked every single person who came into our pre op room for another sticker.  His wishes were granted.

adenoid 2

 

adenoid 1

The worst part was probably 30 min. before he had to go back to the operating room he fell and smacked his lip on the corner of the chair.   Thankfully it happened while the nurse practitioner was in the room giving us more information.  There was blood EVERYWHERE, but she was able to quickly get us some rags & ice.  The NP did say “well, I’ll note this in his chart & the MD can take a look when he’s out to see if he needs stitches”.  Thanks!

adenoid 3

 

Just prior to going back to the operating room, the Anesthesiologist came in to talk to us.  She said it generally takes 4-5 breaths of gas before the kids are out.  Ok, cool!  I take Link back to the OR (actually, he walked there and didn’t even care that I came with.  I’m just an accessory).  The anesthesiologist put this “goop” (for lack of a better word) in his mask that smelled good to entice him to keep the mask on & breath the gas.  I get Link on the table & they try to put the mask on him & he fights it.

Me: I know this sounds weird, but he is ridiculously strong for a 2.5 year old.  It is going to take more than two of you to hold him down & keep the mask on.

Nurse & anesthesiologist: It’s ok, we do this all the time.  Plus, we have the goop that he’ll like to smell.

Me: Ok….

At this point, we’re 10+ hits into the mask & Link is still fighting (so much for 4-5 breaths).  The nurse is attempting to hold the mask NEAR his mouth & his arms and the anesthesiologist is holding his legs.  However, he’s flopping around & twisting & it’s clearly not working.  Now steps in his ENT who says “I saw this kid in my office, it took 3 nurses to hold him down for a nasal scope & even that was almost not enough, you need another hand”.  Word up doc!  They enlisted another nurse strictly to control his head & it wasn’t much longer after that he was out.

 

The entire procedure probably didn’t last 20 minutes.  His ENT told us the adenoids were blocking 75% of his passage way (much bigger than he thought), which was a relief (odd I know).  When he scoped Link in his office he told me they weren’t the biggest he’s seen, but thought they should come out.  Because of that statement, Matt & I ho-hummed if it was necessary to put Link through the procedure.

 

Link had a hard time in recovery (he screamed so much they moved us into a private room).  After we got him to relax & take a short cat nap, we were discharged.

adenoid 5

adenoid 4

 

Aside from barfing in the car on the way home, he had no real lasting side effects.  He was pretty much back to his normal shenanigans by 4pm.