Saturday, December 17, 2011

life after adenoids & tubes

wow... yall... we seriously should've done this a long time ago... eden is doing incredibly!

she has managed to amaze us yet again at her resilience and exactly how much fun she can be when she feels good!! she has eaten meat for the first time... ever. the day she came home from surgery and woke up from her extreme slumber, she asked for some of lee's lunch (sesame chicken) and has been nearly eating us out of house & home ever since...

 pre-surgery breakfast: 1 pancake OR a bowl of cereal OR a nutrigrain bar OR some fruit...
 post-surgery breakfast: 3 pancakes, a cup of yogurt, a bowl of cereal and 3 cups of milk.

pre-surgery chickfila (a girls-night-out favorite of ours.): 1/2 order of small french fries and 2 packs of ketchup and chocolate milk
post-surgery chickfila: 4 nuggets, small fry, chocolate milk, goldfish & a squeal of delight when she received her cow watch.

see what i mean? yes, i realize she's not been out of surgery long enough to get sick or been back to school yet--but things are honestly different...i'm her mama. i can just tell. we have curbed many of the meds we were giving her--its what my gut told me to do... time will tell if that was the RIGHT thing to do... she's talking more, sleeping better... she's doing everything she was doing before the surgery--and doing it a little better.

 ah, now... let's back up a little bit. the week before her surgery, eden managed to catch a stomach bug of sorts... and share it with her mama and daddy... the day after the surgical nurse calls and says "please let us know if she comes down with anything--specifically spiking a fever"... surely she heard my sigh of relief--because my kid doesn't get fevers. her mama doesn't either. i bit my tongue, didn't call...because after all, stomach bugs are 24 hour things... fast forward 2 more days... off to the ENT for our pre-op visit... to make sure after 4 WEEKS OF ANTIBIOTIC, that her ears are clear & get the "green light" for surgery. nope. her ears were STILL infected--but after a closer exam from dr. g, he decided she was "well enough" for surgery... i've never loved those two words together more than i did in that moment. we are so so so thankful for the close attention and special care she has received from her specialists! phone calls checking on her--FROM THE DOCTOR..not just the nurse. i know i've already mentioned her eating--but i'm still in shock at how much differently she's eating! i knew she was a light eater before, but i only thought so because she drinks SO much milk... i thought because that was her "comfort", she never desired much "food food" and seemed to fill up on milk... and plus, she's a snacker--always with the snack cup in hand! hard to measure how much she eats because she was always nibbling on something....

this is really all i had to say for now... the house needs to be vacuumed & i'm ready to hit the hay... however, i'd had a few requests for a "more detailed" update... so, there ya go. i have a few pics (one of her oodling over her chickflia cow watch!), but i've not mastered the icloud for my photos yet... i'm workin' on it.

3 comments:

Analee said...

we had the same results - including the call from the DOCTOR. um, you better go buy the next size up in clothes (or some stretchy ones) because when she eats, she grows. holly (who is 3 today) is wearing a 4 or 5T (eh, 4s in pants because of length, shirts are almost always 5s) - she was true to size until this past summer (i.e. her swimsuit was a 3T - and fit her big.) i took it with us on our cruise (november) and it was WAY too small. good thing i bought a new one for "next year" in the fall - which won't fit her next year, it was almost too small on our cruise!

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