Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Goodbye tonsils, hello ice cream!

Bud's tonsillectomy is tomorrow. I'm a nervous wreck, but I think Bud is actually looking forward to it.

I have tried to be honest about it. Really, I have. We read Curious George Goes to the Hospital, and I pointed out all of the things that happened to George that will also happen to him. I told him about waking up with a sore throat. I told him about losing his voice for a while. But for Bud, the operation means two things: presents and snacks.

His surgery is not scheduled until 11:00 a.m., which means we'll have a long, breakfast-free morning - particularly problematic in light of his new medication-induced appetite. So here's the plan:

He can eat solids until midnight. He's asleep now, but I told him that I'd wake him up at 11:00, and he'll be able to eat whatever he wants. He's downright giddy about it.

He can have clear fluids until 9:00 a.m. I've explained that on Operation Days, the doctor says that you have to have apple juice, Popsicles, and jello for breakfast. Bud thinks this is his kind of doctor.

Bud told me that after an operation, you get to have presents. That are wrapped. That include movies. And toys. I have taken careful notes.

I told Bud that because of his sore throat he'll need to have Popsicles and jello and ice cream and juice and yogurt and applesauce until he feels better. He did the pre-surgery grocery shopping with me. I said "yes" a lot. He can't believe his good fortune.

His backpack is packed with his stuffed bear and a stack of Tubbies, George, and Pooh DVDs for the recovery room. I've promised to download Dierks Bentley Live from Bonnaroo to his iPod before we leave, despite the fact that iTunes warns me of explicit lyrics (but, really, how bad can it be?) Bud is feeling good and is prepared to take the operating room by storm.

Of course, I understand that all this may change the moment we enter the hospital tomorrow, or even the moment I remind him that there will be no toast for breakfast. But I'm rolling with it for now, and keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping that he's not too angry with me when he wakes up tomorrow with a sore throat like no sore throat he's ever had before.

But one step at a time.

For now, I'm planning out the menu for our midnight breakfast, and I'm sending out this post to ask all you thinkers and prayers and senders of energy to channel a little of that thought and prayer and energy this way tomorrow.

We'd be happy to send you some ice cream in return.


Ms. TK said...

The elves are sending good thoughts your way.

Pop by my blog if you don't know what I mean.

What is Bud's favorite flavor? The girls are digging the slow-churned peppermint - so seasonal, you know.

Maddy said...

Sending some right along post haste! I'm so much on automatic pilot in the mornings that when I was going into hospital myself I duct taped the coffee machine so that I wouldn't scupper my chances in the wee small hours.
Best wishes and best of luck

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gretchen said...

Oh, you both sound so brave! My spirit will be right there with you in the waiting room, holding your hand, trying not to cry. (I'm such a big baby).

Don't worry, and hurry up and post tomorrow to let us know how it went.

Ami said...

Thinking of you both.
Not easy to get through.

Please update as soon as you can.

And keep the ice cream. You and Bud can eat it, I don't need the extra calories.


Anonymous said...

Good luck to the both of you! I've never had my tonsils out, so I have no idea what happens. :) You`ll both be fine.

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kirsten said...

best wishes from us - sounds like you've been honest but positive about it, which i'm sure is the right thing.

kristen spina said...

Good luck! The midnight breakfast sounds wonderful and I hope Bud is able to hold on to his good spirits throughout.

I'll be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way. I hope you are bringing someone along to hold your hand in the waiting room.


Jen said...

Oh good luck tomorrow! For what it's worth, good fried of ours had her daughter's adenoids out this summer - and was surprised at how quickly she recovered. Fast healing to Bud! He deserves it :o)

Ange said...

Prayers and thoughts to you guys. Is it outpatient or overnight? Bubba pretty much just slept the whole day, then he was crabby, and then he was bouncing off of the walls. He wasn't quite 5 though. My one warning? If Bud doesn't like medicine (he will probably have to take pain medicine and maybe an antibiotic) watch out for the flying IV block. Those things HURT! In anycase, any surgery is scary in my opinion although the hospital people will tell you over and over again it is more scary for the parents than the kids. Trying to make light for you, but I would be a nervous wreck too.

MOM-NOS said...

Kristen, the hospital only allows one person to go in with Bud for the pre-op and post-op time, and since the surgery itself is pretty quick that will be the bulk of the time he's there, so I'll be doing this one solo. I've got lots of people who will be sitting by phones, ready to spring into action, though, so I think we'll be in good hands!

Ange, if all goes well it will be day surgery, but they're prepared to admit him if he's having a hard time of things. I'll have a bag packed and waiting in the trunk, just in case.

Breaking news: the midnight breakfast was a success. Bud scarfed down a metric ton of food almost without opening his eyes, then fell back to sleep without a fuss. So far, so good...

Stimey said...

I'll be thinking of you guys. I hope Bud enjoys his ice cream!

graceunderautism said...

sounds like you have a really great plan in place. I think I will have to tuck it away for just incase. I can't imagine what the reaction to the "sore throat" will be. I know my J can't even stand a normal one from a cold or allergies. Prayers are coming yours and Bud's way. I hope everything goes just as planned.


Anonymous said...

I was 8 when I had my tonsils out and the hospital only had banana and root beer popsicles.....and THAT really was the worse part!!!!!
I did carry a dixie cup around with me for a few days so I could spit and not swallow!
and I'm remembering pooka shells!!!! (a tonsillectomy day gift!) Good Times!
Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and Bud.
So jealous you went to see Dierks! ....He didn't come to town this year (and I live in his hometown!)
I have all the moms, dads, parapros and teachers sending letters to get the idiots to stop the ransom campaign.....Hope we can stop the madness!

Anonymous said...

Sending you our prayers and good wishes for Bud's recovery.

Keep the faith,

mommy~dearest said...

We'll be thinking of you, and hoping for a speedy recovery!

Maggie Rosethorn said...

Best of luck to you and Bud; the worst part for my daughter was the taste of the liquid pain medication (she still, 13 years later, refuses liquid medications). Bud will be in my thoughts. Let us all know how it went.

Beth Allums said...

Oh Bud. Poor Baby.
I just had my tonsils out at 33 in Sept. I am glad he gets to do it now, because it was not fun as a grown up. Please take it easy, NO Dairy for a few days! (mucus issues) applesauce and oodles of noodles are good. Take it easy, and cuddle a lot.
Keep us posted.
Watch out for scabs coming off too early, soft food for longer than you think you need it. And keep the pain meds coming, and lots of rest.

Niksmom said...

By the time you see this, Bud will be tonsil-free. I've been thinking of you guys for days already so the universe has all the good wishes for you both to have a low-stress, low-oain experience! xoxo

Jenn said...

What a little trooper! I hope today went well. Sending up prayers for the little guy right now. Will be anxiously awaiting an update.

kristina said...

Hope it went well-------the popsicle diet may be just the thing!

Daisy said...

Hugs to Bud...and to you. Here's hoping you have a minimum of worry and his surgery goes smoothly.

Anonymous said...

Sending lots of love and good vibes your way.

xoxo karen in ca

floating in space said...

Sending wishes for a speedy, ice cream-filled recovery!

Susan said...

Having my tonsils out was a high point of my life. This was back in 1965, and I read Curious George Goes to the Hospital and loved it! I loved my new fuzzy pink bathrobe and the little gifts in the pockets. LOVED all the ice cream. The whole thing was a major treat. I'm writing this after reading your post-surgery post, so I know it went great for Bud too. Hooray!!!!

Susan said...

Edit: I just read that CGGTTH was published in 1966! So that must have been the year of my tonsillectomy.