Miss Alice slept off the morphine and anesthesia until 2pm, when I went in to check on her. She looked up, and decided she wanted out of the crib.

She was a little wobbly at first, but she was HUNGRY… I gave her a little kids’ Dannon Frusion, which is 3 oz. of drinkable yogurt, and she drank it in a hurry, so I then gave her more juice. And crackers and plain Cheerios. She has now had cheese and Goldfish crackers as well.

We are now having a battle of wills over whether or not she is allowed to climb up and sit on the kitchen table, so I guess she feels pretty good. I’ll keep giving her ibuprofen every 4 hours until bedtime, and hopefully she’ll feel okay in the morning.

The doctor checked her adenoids and decided that they were contributing to the problem, so he did a adenoidectomy with a suction cautery. This is why she’s in some pain — ear tubes alone don’t really hurt.

Nice thing about an adenoidectomy, though — because they’re up in the nasal area and not down in the throat, there are no limitations on what she can eat. This is good, because I’m quite certain Alice would not be pleased by a limited diet. Right now she’s eating a pickle, and is quite happy about it.

I have a feeling that tonight will be an early night in our house, though… I was up at 5:15, Jerry was up at 5:45, my mom was here at 6 to sit with Helen, who woke up shortly after Jerry, Alice, and I left at 6:20. Some of you will not be bothered by those kinds of hours, but I am NOT used to it.

5 thoughts on “Awake”

  1. So glad Alice is recovering! Poor kid. But I’m sure life with hearing and without ear infections will be fabulous! Hope this one “takes” Looks like we’ll be making a trip to an ENT as well…what is it with these 2nd kids anyway?

  2. I’d think Theo’s still a bit young… they don’t tend to put tubes in until a kid is 6 months or older around here. The ENT wouldn’t even see Alice until she had had 4 or 5 infections. Or something like that.

    Is your poor little guy still suffering from a cold? Alice had a terrible time until about 2 months, and then she was okay for about 6 weeks, and then the ear infections started in late October, one right after another, until her surgery last April.

  3. Yeah, he has had a REALLY bad cold since he was 2 weeks. The problem is he has large something-or-others (I forget the medical term) that blocks about 50% of his nasal passage already, so top that with congestion, etc., it’s not a good picture. He hasn’t had an ear infection, so far, but I am giving him breathing treatments to ease his suffering a bit. He’s on his 2nd antibiotic, we give him cool mist treaments, take him in a steamy shower, saline drops, suck his nose, and baby decogestiant at night. He’ll be okay for maybe 15minutes to half an hour, and then he can’t breathe. Oh, then he throws up mucus. It’s lovely. It’s just so painful watching him struggle to take a breath. There really isn’t much more we can do. His pediatrician is coming by the house tomorrow (yes, she makes house calls!!!) to check him out again. Poor kid. The real pisser is I know he’d be sleeping through the night if it weren’t for this! Arghhh

  4. Yep, those would be the adenoids. The site I link above has lots of info about them if you care to read, and it’s not technical so it’s easy to understand.

  5. Wow! I’ve been SO disconnected! Didn’t realize Alice was going in again (although somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind I think I did know this), and now she’s done! Wheee!!! Hopefully she feels better, and will be free of ear infections for good.

    Travis had ’em a lot as a baby. By the time he was 3 or 4, it seemed as if he’s out-grown them, but the last one he had I was ready to order the dr. to put tubes in. Glad I didn’t! He hasn’t had an infection since, and that had to be at least 4yrs ago!

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