Teague is having surgery next Friday. Time to say goodbye to those huge tonsils, adenoids and put in another set of ear tubes to replace the set that has already fallen out. If you ever have the misfortune to have your child go through this procedure, here’s what we have done/are doing/plan to do to handle this exciting little life event.
First of all, I owe any semblance of calm to reading this book:
The “O, MY” in Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy: how to prepare your child for surgery, a parent’s manual
Mock me if you will, but it has walked me through how to explain this whole thing to an almost-three-year-old along with helpful questions to ask the doctors involved, how to incorporate it into daily conversations, increasing Teague’s comfort level, and had lists of things that will potentially prove useful to have on hand. I am so much more at ease having read this beforehand.
Books we have read with Teague to encourage talking about his tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy and how he feels about it:
Goodbye Tonsils! is really the one that Teague has focused on and because of that, we’re going to have a “Goodbye Tonsils!” party the evening before his surgery. He requested a strawberry cake and tells everyone we meet how excited he is about it.
Franklin talks about being brave even when you’re scared.
Barney is Best talks about different situations where his favorite stuffed animal has been a source of comfort and plans to take him to the hospital for his tonsillectomy.
A couple great printables that I’ve made to help stay organized are the medication checklist and the parent medical organizer. I’ve enabled both for download in doc and pdf.
MEDICATION CHECKLIST (doc)
MEDICATION CHECKLIST (pdf)
BLANK MEDICAL ORGANIZER (doc)
BLANK MEDICAL ORGANIZER (pdf)
We also plan to play Operation this weekend without the batteries.
In order to keep him aware of the timeframe, we instituted a countdown activity of hatching a dinosaur egg each night before bed with the last egg hatching the night before we go to the hospital. Gotta love the dollar store! Teague LOVES it!
Anyways, we need prayers for a healthy child over the next week. Any sickness can possibly postpone the procedure (say that 3 times fast). We also need prayer on the sheer fact that we are supposed to keep our squirrelly little guy relatively inactive for TEN days. WHAT??? We’re working on lots of little sedentary busy activities and checking out the library’s movie selection!
I hope that some of these ideas and printables help if you end up in the same boat as us! I’ll be sure to post the results of our planning!