Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Surgery possibility worries Momma

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October

When the ear, nose and throat specialist mentioned surgery, I almost lost it. He droned on about what he Mom_sickchild1 saw on the X-ray. But all I heard him say was that he would fix the problem by putting my daughter to sleep. Whaaaaat? Surgery?  For a 20-month-old?

 I hung up with the doctor, stumbled through a phone call with my boss, took a moment to collect myself and frantically called my husband. A physical therapist employed by a local hospital, my husband quickly set about calming me down.

It seems enlarged adenoids are to blame for my daughter’s labored breathing when she sleeps. The doctor said the adenoids blocked 60-70 percent of her nasal passage. At first, I didn’t know what adenoids were. “Google it,” my hubby said. Turns out, adenoids are basically a clump of tissue between the nose and the throat. Supposedly, removing them is akin to having a tonsillectomy.

My racing heart slowed down. A tonsillectomy is a pretty normal procedure, right? Still, the worried Momma in me remains a little scared. I don’t take any surgery or trip to the hospital lightly. And I don’t like the idea of my baby having a date with a scapel. But if it will make her better, we’ll do it.

Anybody had experience with this procedure?

--Sherri Day

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:03am]

    

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