Addison Update

The surgery went well. She was done in less than 30 minutes. Surgery was the easy part. We are on day 6 of Addison’s recovery and it’s been grueling.

Day 6 and still spending most of her day in bed

Some of my suggestions for anyone who will be having their tonsils and adenoids out.

1. Stay on top of the pain meds. I set my alarm to go off every 4 hours throughout the night for the first 3 nights. They gave her a prescription for Tylenol with Codeine and I swear it only worked for an hour then she was miserable for the 3 hours until she could take it again. On day 2 (after a recommendation from a friend) I started alternating between ibuprofen and the Tylenol with Codeine and it made a world of difference. She is still waking up crying in the middle of the night once the meds wear off. Some doctors are against giving ibuprofen (usually only prior to the surgery) due to risk of increased bleeding but I did lots of research and found it to be a common safe practice for after the surgery.

2. Stay hydrated. Once the throat gets dry the pain will increase. She did not want to drink because of the pain but it is vital.

3. Expect to lose weight. Addison flat out refused to eat for several days. Day 5 was the first time she ate. She refused popsicles and would only eat 2 bites of pudding a day.

4. Expect ear pain on day 2. This is not because of an ear infection but deferred pain from the throat.

5. She gets bursts of energy (usually after the ibuprofen kicks in) and will play but once the meds start wearing off she’s back in bed resting. She spent the first two days in bed all day and night. The doctor stated that the pain of a tonsillectomy is greater than someone who has had open heart surgery.

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