Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Are these the biggest tonsils you've ever seen?

Okay, so I need help with some parenting stuff. If you have something to share, please do so quickly.

Surgery has been scheduled to have Anastasia's tonsils removed. She has been suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea for a few months (that I have noticed), waking up every night... waking us up every night... No one has been sleeping well. Everyone is cranky. My sweet girl is not her sweet self.

ENT doctor asked if I'd looked at her tonsils. "No, I don't think so." So, I took a look inside...

"OH MY GOD!" (I believe those were my exact words.)

So, yeah, we went ahead and scheduled the surgery. Since then, some people have told me of their success with avoiding tonsil-removal through homeopathy. I contacted a local homeopath and was shocked that she would charge $400+ before any treatment was even determined... I didn't pursue that any further. I just got off the phone with the pediatrician (who I really like, and is always open to my "alternative" suggestions and desires) and he said the tonsils are just big; there is no infection or something else going on that could be treated in a different way.

I am on his side of the fence at this point in the game. My daughter is miserable and so am I! That being said, I am interested in any comments, experiences, suggestions on the subject. Thank you.


  1. Let's have a contest to craft something for post-surgery Anastasia!

  2. That's sweet. I'm sure she'll be spoiled enough by everyone around here!
    I am starting to think about different ways to make homemade ice cream and popsicles "healthy"...!

  3. I had mine out when I was 16. It wasn't a fun surgery, but well worth it. I'm glad I had it done.

  4. Here's the scoop...those tonsils are not going to shrink. In fact, they will grow along with A. This entire sleep apnea issue will not resolve itself by magic. For all of you to continue functioning with this degree of sleep deprivation seems to be unnecessarily cruel to the entire family. It is actually easier to have tonsils removed at a young age, when it will be quickly forgotten, than to have them done as a teenager, when the child is old enough to know what is going on and verbal enough to
    gripe and complain throughout the entire ordeal!

    Sometimes doctor intervention is a good thing.

    Heads up - A isn't going to want ice cream or popsicles at first. She is going to be miserable for a few days, and so will you. Chloroseptic is your friend. Total numbness is your friend. Medicines that will knock her out and let her sleep until the initial soreness is gone will also be your friend.

    Then you bring on the ice cream. And chocolate pudding!

    Hang in there. It will be okay, and you are going to be just fine. So will A!

  5. One of my daughter's friends at daycare had her tonsils out in December, she was 20 months old. After having suffered her entire short life with sudden fevers and vomiting, plus not really any sign of wanting to talk. About a month after they came out she started talking non-stop and has not had any fevers or vomiting issues since. Good luck to your little one and have lots of soft, cold treats ready for her.

  6. Crumbs - good luck - seems like a good thing to do!
    On the YOU WON MY GIVE AWAY note - sorry about being so slack to contact you about it all! Well done. Can you e-mail me on umatji at yahoo.com.au and let me know what you would like on your crown and you address and I will (slowly) get stitching!