Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sarah's tonsilectomy

Several months ago Sarah had a sleep study done because she had GIGANTIC tonsils.  She also snored louder than a truck driver!  She was too funny at the study.  She got to watch tv until she fell asleep and kept laughing at the lady behind the microphone.  That almost made up for the yucky sticky pads all over her reading the results. Well, her sleep study concluded that she had sleep apnea.
 Getting all hooked up to the wires.

These things were itchy!
She's thrilled to be sleeping with all this extra stuff, can't you tell? *wink*

So just days after Christmas (I know crappy timing right?!) Sarah had her tonsils and adenoids out.
The morning of She and I headed into Nashville.  She had her princess hair braided and her new trusty unicorn pillow pet by her side *smile*
It was REALLY early in the morning so she fell back asleep pretty quickly during the hour long drive in to Nashville.

She wanted everything documented *wink* so she could show people later "what she went through".  LOL! So here she is checking in-

As soon as she was changed into her gown she said "come on, get it over with, get your camera out and get a picture." Bossy little thing huh?!

It's hard to say if she was nervous or not because she was talking up a storm to the doctors and nurses and they say when you're nervous you talk a lot...but then again this is SARAH we're talking about! She ALWAYS talks up a storm.  Don't know where she could have gotten that trait from...hmm? lol Before her surgery the surgeon came in and talked with her.  He asked her if she had any questions for him.  She did.  She wanted to keep her tonsils in a jar.  LOL He said no.  She didn't give up easily though.  She asked a couple of times in a couple of ways.  He still said no.  Where's the heart?!

Sarah's surgery went well...but her recovery did not.  Most kids are up, eating their popsicle or drinking their juice and gone within an hour tops of being out of surgery.  Sarah was there for more than four hours.  She didn't respond well to the anesthesia.  As soon as she woke up she was crying and very disoriented.  It took more drugs and almost an hour to calm her down.  After that another hour to get her to start to drink.  It took about an hour and a half to get her to drink a cup of juice.
There's lots of cups here because first they gave her apple juice.  Then she asked for sprite. Then she asked for water. And I had a coke.  She ended up going with the juice. I know...first one they gave her.

Then we got in the car and drove to the edge of the parking lot.  And then she threw up.  And threw up.  And threw up.  She couldn't stop.  Sarah has abdominal migraines and when she starts throwing up she can't stop.  I immediately called the surgery center and told them we were in the parking lot and she was vomiting.  We got her back in a bed and they let her rest for a while until she was ready to try going home again.  They tapped her out on all the anti-nassau meds they had.  Poor thing.
Finally, on our way home.

Was that the end of her pain and suffering? NO.  After I got her home she continued to throw up.  By 9pm I was calling her Pediatrician.  He told me to get her to the ER ASAP.  My friend Jenn and I took her while my parents stayed with the other kids.  When we got to the ER the Triage nurse took us to a room right away because Sarah was visibly dehydrated.  Only problem was she LOST HER CHART and after Jenn started pacing the halls and basically demanding that someone come look at her someone FINALLY did.  An HOUR after we got there! Once they started treating her though we go the royal treatment.  They knew they had screwed up. That part was kind of funny.

Thankfully she recovered and was doing MUCH better by the next day.  It took her almost a week to start eating normal foods though. *wink* I am happy to report that she is back to being my happy Princess Sarah, eating normal and sleeping SOUNDLY now! Yay.