Tonsil Time

Stephen got his tonsils out today. He has been getting strep throat constantly since March and his tonsils were so big he was beginning to sound like Darth Vader. Stephen was excited because we told him he could suck his pacifier, watch TV, eat popsicles, and drink juice all day after he got his tonsils out.
We arrived early in the morning, and Stephen began charming the nurses right from the start. He had to change into a gown and wear a surgical cap. I put a surgical cap on his “Huggly Hippo” pillow pet, too. They looked so adorable I wished I had brought my camera…silly me, didn’t think a tonsilectomy would be a photo opportunity! But you always have to be prepared for Stephen to look adorable.
The anesthesiologist told Stephen he would tell him a story about Spongebob while he fell asleep. Stephen giggled and went to sleep with no problems. The laughing gas was even bubble gum flavored! The doctors told me to give him a kiss and they’d take good care of him…I cried and prayed fervently in the waiting room!
Stephen emerged from the anesthesia kicking and screaming (a perfectly normal reaction for kids apparently). After he woke up a little, he was ready to rip out his IV, kick off his O2 monitor, and run out of the building naked (he flailed the gown off during his tantrums). His first words were, “I want to get in the car! Let’s go to the car!!” I convinced him to rest and watch Spongebob and Dora the Explorer until we were allowed to leave.
After we got home, he rested and watched TV. Now both the kids are taking naps…phew!

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About jennyvogan

Author of "Stephen's Mom," a blog documenting the funny, crazy life of raising four boys while keeping my day job as an ultrasound tech.
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