Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tonsils and Adenoids, Oh My!!

Our Little E...  it seems that every so often she has a health issue that goes undetected by the pediatrician and is somehow discovered by Mom or Dad (this is the "straw that broke the camel's back" we will be looking for a new pediatrician).  Our Little E snored and when I say snored I mean it sounded like a freight train was going through her room.  Thank goodness Miss G sleeps through anything and wasn't disturbed by this.  I knew her tonsils were on the big side but always thought a child had to have strep throat a lot before having them taken out.  We went to the ENT last Friday because she was complaining when she ate certain food that it hurt her throat and she was snoring.  I really just wanted to see what they would say... maybe keep an eye on them or maybe just maybe not to worry it all looks normal. 

The ENT looked in her ears, nose and throat... hahaha of course and did the all too telling, clearing of the throat.  He asked does she snore, does she have sleep apnea, has she had strep throat a lot??

My answers 1. Yes 2. Not a clue.  She is a light sleeper. 3. Never ever had strep throat.

He told me that they rate the size of tonsils on a scale from 0 to 4.  0 = No Tonsils and 4 = Tonsils so large they touch.  Yes, I'm sure you guessed it Little E's were a whopping 4.  He said they were so large they were touching and obstructing her airway.  He also said that they have bacteria all over them.  He said they take tonsils out for one of two reasons:

1. 4-6 Strep throats a year


2. Obstruction

He said that she had both issues.  Even though she hasn't had strep throat the amount of bacteria on the tonsils qualified her for both reasons.  The ENT said sometimes you get a very stoic child who doesn't complain but they are IN PAIN.  Not something Mothers want to hear.  The poor baby was hurting and I didn't even know. 

So she is heading in for surgery tomorrow.  What's the saying...  When it rains it pours.  Isn't this a GREAT way to start out our quarantine for Baby Girl's surgery. 

To make the trip a little fun, we bought her all the yummy goodies she gets to eat and a cute pair of pjs that comes with a tutu.  She was quite excited.  Miss G was a little envious. 

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