Tuesday, August 09, 2005

M-Girl's surgery

M-Girl had her tonsils removed yesterday. She also had her adenoids removed (again) and tubes put in her ears (again). She got through the surgery really well and we were home last night. This is a tough morning for her, though. It's so sad to see your baby in pain and not be able to do much about it. I'm supposed to be giving her Tylenol with codeine every few hours. It was really fun having to wake her in the middle of the night to give her medicine that makes her gag. But the nurse said that if you go too long before you give them pain medication, the pain can get so bad that you can't get them to take the medication and they stop drinking fluids, which is bad. This morning I had to give her antibiotics and ear drops. The ear drops are really uncomfortable for her and - oh goody - we get to do them three times a day for five days.

Now we'll spend the next 14 days trying to figure out how to get her to eat soft foods that are relatively healthy. She informed me that she does not like jello unless it has "toppings" (meaning Cool Whip). She doesn't like oatmeal and isn't a big fan of scrambled eggs. She loves yogurt but we're a little concerned about giving her too much dairy since she's kind of phlegmy as it is. She also loves ice cream - 'natch. It appears that if we offer to let her have ice cream if she eats something healthier first, she's willing to compromise. And that's a good sign.


landismom said...

Oh, that sounds so hard! I hate it when my kids are sick, and I'm sure that having them go through surgery is that much more traumatic.

I had shingles about a year and a half ago, and I couldn't eat solid food for a week. You can make smoothies out of almost anything, and they're pretty good for you.

Morphing Mama said...

I am so sorry to here about Meredith! I wish I could help.

On the selfish side, I have to admit that I feel a little better. Earlier today I was feeling a wee bit sorry for meself because Tod-lar has a cold. Snot patrol is pretty grim. After reading your post, however, snot patrol is nothing!

Sandra said...

Hope she feels better soon.

Matthew said...

I had the exact same surgery as a child. I had tubes in my ears a few times. What I remember most was not being able to get my ears wet. Ear plugs were my best friend (especially when I went to the beach).

It sounds like she's a trooper!