Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Distractions

My 2.5 year old daughter has been snoring for about a year now, and constantly makes snorting noises during the day. Today we took her to a ENT doctor who confirmed that she needs to have her tonsils and adenoids taken out, poor thing. I am so sad that she will have to endure the pain and because her first visit to the dentist totally traumatized her, she terrified of anything or anyone that resembles a dentist chair and white coat. The hygienist held her down so hard that she tore both sides of her mouth and she cried so hard that she popped blood vessels in her face before I could ask them to stop. Today she was completely content in the waiting room but as soon as she saw that chair, she freaked out.  I am so nervous about the thought of her being put under...but I know this will help her in so many ways, her eating (or lack of), being off the weight chart and sleep apnea.

After spending hours reading about it on the Internet, I needed a distraction and dug out my yarn basket for some crochet therapy. I started the larger granny squares about 3.5 years ago when I saw an amazing cream granny square bed sized blanket in some french magazine. I got to about 10 before it got tossed into my yarn basket.
This infamous blanket got me excited about tackling it again so I started two squares using Yvestown's tutorial. Because it's so much smaller than my previous ones, it's really fun to do.
I used Lucy's tutorial to join the square as you go which is makes this so much more enjoyable!

That little piece of grey striped linen fabric was my little son's project today. I made little dots with the fabric marking pen and he sewed running stitches and attached buttons using a real grown up needle for the first time. He was totally loved using real needles and sewing like mommy! Then I noticed the running stitches he made all over our bed that he neglected to show me :)

5 comments:

  1. Hi Sara, Am sorry to hear that your little girl needs her tonsils and adenoids out. Alfie (who is now 2) was diagnosed with a sleep apnea last year after he had a sleep study.

    He had his tonsils and adenoids out last November and it was a really tough recovery. I had Mum stay to help us (as we have a 4 year old girl too) but it took a good 10 days before he was back to his old self.

    Prepare yourself for the worst (ie. lots of crying and sleepless nights) and hope for the best.

    The good news is that once you get past the recovery...well Alfie was like a different child, so much more alert and happy (his sleep study showed he was waking at least 10 times an hour).

    I would do it again if we had our time over, he has just developed so much since the op. Good luck xx

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  2. Thanks for the well wishes and sharing your experience Kate! So glad to hear Alfie is doing great, wow ten times an hour, that must have been tough on you too.
    I am hoping my mom can take a few days off and come and help us, I'm sure we will need it!

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  3. My 2.5 year old little boy just had his tonsils and adenoids out one month ago. I am a NICU nurse and was so worried about having him put under... I think more worried about that aspect of it then the procedure itself. It was a bit scary, but he did sooo well.
    One thing that was very helpful was going to visit the surgical center prior to the surgery. Most hospitals have a child development specialist that might be able to help you out to help her with her fears. We met the specialist two days before the surgery, she showed us the room, some of the equiptment, let him play with stethoscopes and other things. Then she was there when I brought him in for the surgery. It was so worth while, he was at ease knowing that Miss Jill was going to be there. Maybe they have something like that by you. Or even a peds nurse that could meet with her and let her see and play with some of the medical stuff. Or do something similar at home.
    The recovery took awhile, initially he wanted to eat chips and oranges, obviously I did not give him those, but that was all he wanted! It was several days before his throat really started to bother him. He slept okay at night, but was really agitated during the day. The strong pain medication made him hyper, so I had to switch to just regular tylenol, but he only complained about the pain when he was eating. It took two weeks before he woke from his nap and told me his throat was better! Music to my ears!
    Her voice will probably change! She will run around 'singing' with her new high voice!! I guess the air flow changes and they like to feel the new tickle in their throats. She will be much happier when she can sleep, eat, and breathe. You are doing the best thing for her, it is hard, but remember that!
    Hope everything goes well!
    Heather

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  4. Do you believe in homeopathy? There are some great remedies to help & speed up her recovery. Not everybody believes and trusts little sugary pills, but even sceptics get amazing results :) Aconite if in great fear of surgery, Phosphorus antidotes the anaesthetic, Arnica helps with pain, Staphysagria for very painful wounds, hypericum helps with shooting pain...
    Some more info if http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_8_32/ai_92283915/
    I would be more than happy to advice if that would interest you (I'm not a professional, but we've been using homeopathy for the last 6 years , including 1 surgery, and am very keen on the subject :)
    Eh, some things are unavoidable and one can only do everything what's there to be done and just trust and hope for a positive outcome! Believing is magic. It will all go well and your little precious darling is gonna be ok. Gonna be better. My fingers crossed!
    Granny square blanket... yep, bought lots of yarn for mine about 3 years ago... still seeing myself crocheting one. :)

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  5. I have nothing to offer except a cheer for all of you and hope your little sprout will recover quick! Sick bubbas are the most horrid of things and I think crafty distraction is an excellent line of defence
    x

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