Saturday, August 16, 2008
I am so glad this day is over because it has been a very hard day. Anthony did very well during and after his surgery. A lot of times when children with OSA have their tonsils and adenoids removed they develop breathing problems and have to be put on oxygen, but luckily Anthony did not have any breathing problems. He slept after his surgery until 6:00 Friday night. Then he ate 3 Popsicles, had some juice, and watched a movie. By 9:00 he was back asleep and had a great night although we did wake him during the night when it was time for his medicine. He did great Friday morning and really wanted his IV out (he tried several times to take it out) and when I told him if he finished his juice he could have it out, he drank it right down. The nurse said she wished all of her patients were that easy. They discharged him and he did great on Friday taking his medicine and taking in fluids. He even ate a little. Then today began. I woke him during the night for medicine so he wouldn't be in too much pain when he go up this morning. At 5:30 am he woke and it was time for medicine again. Unfortunately he didn't cooperate very well and I had to hold him down to get him to take it. Then he was refusing to drink anything. The hospital told me he had to take in at least 6 oz of fluids every 4 hours to prevent dehydration and he had 2 oz in 7 hours and all he wanted to do was sleep. Again we had to hold him down in order to take his medicine and I ended up wearing most of it anyway. My mom (who is an RN) suggested we switch him to regular Tylenol instead of the Tylenol with Codeine that the doctor prescribed. She said sometimes it can give you an upset stomach and maybe that is why he wouldn't drink anything. Two hours after we did that he was much better. He drank his juice and had a little bit of Jell-O. Then he had some ice-cream this evening and took the Tylenol with no problem (thank you God, I was starting to feel like the worst mother in the world) and he even felt well enough to play with his puzzles. I have heard that day 3 after surgery is the hardest so I am hoping and praying that tomorrow will be a better day for my little Sweet Pea.