(Sam posing with the tray of food he pulled together all by himself when he heard John had strep throat...because when your throat is on fire you really want celery and pretzel sticks.)
A typical week of sleep for Sam consists of three uninterrupted nights, three nights of getting up once, and a night where he awakens twice. He wakes up during classic asthma times (1-4 am) and is often snoring and sweating profusely (as in sheets so wet you have to change the bed). There are other less than pleasant symptoms as well. Since December of 2010 Sam has only had five consecutive nights of uninterrupted sleep.
After a few more appointments and changes in medication we are pulling the trigger and removing his tonsils and adenoids tomorrow morning at Peyton Manning Hospital.** He has been officially diagnosed with an obstructed airway disorder which means removing the tonsils and adenoids will give him more breathing space. That's the hope, at least.
Thankfully, surgery is scheduled for early in the morning. Sam is excited about the ice cream, nervous about his "swallow hurting", giggly that he has to wear a "girl gown", and greatly relieved he's not going in for another sleep study. I don't know how many times he's told me, "I will go to the hospital and I will ride in the wagon, but I will NOT do another sleep study." Deal.
So, any advice on keeping a 4-year-old comfortable after a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy? I've been told to plan on a 2-week recovery.
Consider your advice solicited!
**For those of you who are curious, we are looking into the possibility of Sam getting what's known as the "intracapsular technique" which is a less invasive way of removing the tonsils. We won't know until tomorrow whether or not he can go this route or will need to do the more traditional procedure.