Pediatric Surgery

We took our youngest son (who is seven) to his first ENT appointment yesterday. He's had fluid in his ears for quite some time now and his Doctor just did not want to wait anymore on sending him to a specialist. According to the specialist he has to have a tube inserted in his ear, his tonsils out and his adenoid. He said that the surgery last about an hour and it would be out patient. Also...that the tonsillectomy is very painful afterwards and that he would have to be house bound for three weeks following.

As a mother it makes me baby boy having to go through this. Although it may not be serious and a small surgery that many children go through, he is still being put to sleep, having an experience in the hospital, being stuck in the house for three long weeks and the pain. He is a mama's boy, my pride and joy, my love, one of my best friends, and my can I help a seven year old understand the process of surgery?? Take a tour of the hospital, talk him through it, tell him he gets to have all the ice cream he wants for two weeks following and tons of extra hugs and attention?? Even after all that, do you really think at that age they understand what is being done and why? No, I don't believe they I will be here to love him, hold his hand and look into his eyes and tell him it's going to be OK, mama's here! Love you baby boy!!


  1. Just seems like yesterday my daughter had hers out! It went quickly, he will do absolutely fine! Stock up on popsicles and cool soft foods, days 7-10 are the days when bleeding may occur during the healing process. I found a great recipe for homemade tapioca she loved (lots of egg whites for protein=healing). We made a "communication chart"- shared all the things she might need to tell us, we put them all in a chart where she could point to them after surgery and not have to speak! Things like "I'm thirsty", "Need to go to the bathroom" and the like. Also, cover the seats in your car and bring an emesis basin for the ride home - just in case! Best wishes and speedy recovery! XO Candy

  2. Hey! I just found your blog through Twitter! What a great blog!

    Just wanted to send some love your way. I know exactly how you are feeling. My little boy that just passed away went through over 40 surgeries, 27 brain surgeries, in his short 4 years. It was heartbreaking and stressful everytime I had to turn him over to the surgeon. However, I have to say that the nurses and doctors are really amazing and so great at helping relieve a little stress!

    Good luck to you!