Friday, June 20, 2014

Tonsil Extraction

 Matthew has struggled with his tonsils for years now. He gets strep several times a winter and snores like a bear, just to name a couple of their issues, basically they make things miserable for him. So we finally decided it was time they parted ways, he and his tonsils. Monday was the day. Luckily, we have a trusted friend who is an ENT. I can't begin to say how this decreased my anxiety. I wasn't worried in the least Monday because I knew Mike would take really good care of him. Here he is all ready for surgery and immediately after. When Mike came out to tell us about the surgery he told us how when the anesthesiologist tipped his head back so they could get to the tonsils the rotten things were so big they obstructed his airway. He had to have someone hold his head in the right position so they could get to them. He also snored while they were operating and once they were out that decreased. Mike said the anesthesiologist said he was already much better. So I guess we had our sleep study right there! He also said they were diseased looking and imbedded in his throat. So it was the right thing to do, I only wish we had done it years ago.
 Here he is right after surgery. Trying to smile for me. Don't be fooled, he was really miserable and I doubted for about 30 minutes if we had done the right thing after all.
A couple days after surgery. Don't' be fooled by his cute face trying to smile. This has easily been the most miserable week Matt has ever experienced. The throat pain has been bad but the pain that radiates into the ears has been really rough too. As often as he has had strep you might think that he is used to being sick but it had gotten to the point that he could function pretty well with strep, not necessarily a good thing. But unfortunately it means he is not used to feeling so bad for so long. Tomorrow will be day six, hopefully we only have a couple of really bad days left. He had been such a good sport, I am really proud of him. Hopefully this will set us up for healthier winters!

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