Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tonsils, adenoids, and turbinates (or how we spent our spring break)

Nea had her tonsils, adenoids, and turbinates taken out last Thursday. She's been amazing. Didn't like the taste of the Vicodin stuff, so she went with Tylenol for all her pain management needs. She's pretty much done with that, too. Didn't take a single nap, even the day of surgery, when we were at the hospital at 6 am. Went to school for a half day on Monday. Full days since. No Phys Ed until next week, though. Don't want to jar anything lose.

So, you know that little joke I made about tonsil removal curing apraxia? Well, it didn't work. But no one told me her voice was going to change so dramatically. And I'm sure it'll change more when the swelling completely clears up. And I received an email today from her modified instructional program (MIP) teacher that said, "She has been doing extremely well in class. I just assessed her letters and sounds and she made great leaps in progress! YAY! I know we are meeting next week for her IEP, but I just wanted to give you that good news. She still remains inconsistent in some areas, but she is progressing much faster than a few weeks ago." Huh, how 'bout them apples. I did some homework with her yesterday where I said the word, and she circled whether the sound it started with was a B,M, or T. And she aced it. You know what that means, right? She's practically reading. Nearly. Soonish!

Oh, and the hospital was great. They made Pink Bear a little ID bracelet. They let Nea ride on the gurney to the surgery holding area … on my lap. Yep. Didn't think they allowed that. Pink Bear went into surgery with her. She was so brave! N complimented me on how well I held it together, but that's just because it was the first time he was there for a sedation. Nea's had three other anesthesia experiences (BAER test, sedated MRI, rust ring), so I'm a pro.

So, anyway, we're all glad that's over. I haven't even mentioned the scarlet fever she had a week earlier. That's probably what Helen Keller had, which took her sight and hearing. And blinded Mary Ingalls. And killed people, back in the day. Now you just take some antibiotics, and it's no big thing. How science changes our lives, no? I like science.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Nea, she is a great kid,


Anonymous said...

Super Trooper! Way to go N! Hang in there, B.


Kate said...

First of all, that child's pain tolerance is insane. My little ectomizer is still talking with a pinched voice and having trouble eating many things. Second of all, way to go Nea on the articulation triumphs!