Thursday, March 10, 2011

T & A

That's the doctor code for the procedure that Bella had done last week. Tonsil & Adenoid Removal. That's what Bella was in for. Her tonsils and adenoids were extremely swollen; negatively impacting her breathing - especially at night.

Here she is just before the surgery.

She's smiling in this picture. And I think it's the last smile that I saw for days.

When they took us back there, Bella got dressed in this get-up, chose a little toy (stuffed pink pig), and was given a cup of "silly juice".  There was something in the juice that was supposed to relax Bella prior to the procedure.  Based on its name, I thought it was going to make Bella act all goofy.  Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work for her.  She was just plain scared.  Her tears broke my heart and I kind of lost it a little when they wheeled her away.

After about an hour in the waiting room, they called us back.  The procedure was done.  She was in the recovery room and just waking up.  Again, this was not pleasant for her.  There were more tears in her eyes and she kept saying, "I want to go home."  She was also in a lot of pain at this point, so they added some morphine into her IV.  Within minutes, she was back to sleep.  We spent another two hours in the recovery area before being discharged.

That evening was not fun.  Bella did not want to take her pain meds.  We literally had to chase her and pin her down to give them to her.  Oh boy.  We also couldn't get her to drink anything - which was bad since we didn't want her to get dehydrated. 

The next few days were up and down.  She made her bed on the couch and took a lot of naps.

Meanwhile, my mom was in town to help out with everything. I managed to let a whole week go by without getting any pictures of her with the kids. Big bummer. Graydon had so much fun with "Gah-Ma". He was her little shadow. She has been gone for five days and he still asks me "Where Gah-Ma!" I know that he's going to be thrilled to see her again.

Monday morning rolled around and Bella was starting to perk up. This was now six days after the procedure. She wanted to go to school and we let her. This was the last day that she took any pain medicine.

She seems to be feeling much better now. She's eating and drinking just fine. I'm so glad to have my happy Bella back!

And she is breathing so much better!


mary said...

Poor Bella. I'm so glad she is feelin better now. Are you coming up here for GNs bday?

Lori said...

what a champ!

The Kilps Family said...

Mary - we can't make it back for the party. :( Her birthday leads right into Easter week, which Andy can't be gone for. We will be back in May when Jeff, Steph, & kids come to town. Sorry that we'll be missing Grandma's birthday though.