On Monday, my little Cricket is having her tonsils and adenoids out. I know it needs to be done, but it sure isn’t easy.
Before this year, I thought that tonsillectomies were for older kids who had strep throat a lot. I wasn’t really aware of any of my peers having it done, so I never knew much about it. As it turns out, there can be a variety of reasons for removing tonsils and adenoids, with infections being only one of those reasons.
Since she was born, Cricket has always been a stuffy kid. When she was a newborn, I called her my little bulldog because she would snort and snuffle and grunt and snore just like an English bulldog.
This January, the snoring became much worse. It stopped being cute and quirky and started disrupting both of our sleep. I felt silly calling the doctor to complain about it. I mean, can you really take your kid in to the doctor for snoring?
Yes. You can and you should.
As it turns out, she has sleep apnea. As she sleeps, her muscles relax, allowing her very swollen tonsils to come together and block her airway. She will snore for a period of time before the airway closes complete, jolting her awake. I spend my nights adjusting her body, lifting her head to make sure her neck is extended and the airway is as wide as possible, pulling her shoulders back to open her chest, and repositioning her arms so they don’t dig into her neck.
Neither of us are getting much sleep, and I have this constant fear that I will sleep through an obstructive episode and she will just die from positional asphyxiation. At this time, we cannot allow her to fall asleep in her carseat because her head slumps forward and she cannot get oxygen. Her ribcage caves in as she struggles for air. It is frightening.
The image above shows her sleeping in her stroller which is not an option now because of how restricted her airway is.
I know that this must be done, but still I am frightened. I would appreciate any prayers and loving thoughts that you might have for her and her doctors.
If any of you have ever done this before, I sure would love tips for the healing period. Is there anything you wish someone would have told you going into this?