What I’m writing about today is the good ol’ Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy. Melanie, my 3 year old has always struggled with sleeping since she was a baby. As she got older, she started to snore incredibly loud. Right around when she turned 3, she started to sick get a lot.
Her doctor noticed that her tonsils were enlarged and asked us a few questions:
- Does she have trouble sleeping? Yes
- Does she snore? Yes
- Are there pauses in her breathing when she sleeps? Yes
She wanted us to see a ENT surgeon to see if Melanie was a good candidate for a Tonsillectomy. Sure enough, the ENT surgeon was shocked at how large Mel’s tonsils were. She showed us and they were almost touching! She diagnosed Mel with tonsillitis, obstructive sleep apnea and an ear infection! Melanie has a pretty high pain tolerance so we had no clue that she had an ear infection too. She recommended we schedule a “T&A” aka Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (my teenage self chuckled hearing the words T&A come out of her mouth). She wasn’t sure if Mel had enlarged adenoids as well but said she would remove them during the surgery if needed. Most kids with enlarged tonsils also have enlarged adenoids.
Receiving all of this information in a span of a few days was a lot for me to take in. It was the first time that Mel would be getting any sort of medical procedure done and go under general anesthesia. Even though T&A is a “common” surgery there are always risks involved. I officially started to freak out. I went into “Type A Mama” mode and spent the next few days searching high and low on the Internet for other families who have gone through the same surgery.
What I found was that any sort of blog was extremely outdated (I found a lot of blog posts from 5-10 years ago). This triggered me to write about our experience in detail as I know there are others out there as crazy as me who would appreciate it. 🙂
My subsequent blog posts “Toddler Tonsillectomy – Part 2 – Surgery Day” and “Toddler Tonsillectomy – Part 3 – Recovery” will have more specific details on how our family managed Melanie’s T&A surgery as well as her recovery. Has anyone else experienced a T&A with their little ones? I’d love to hear your stories!