Because Someone Should Get the Tylenol With Codeine

I’m going to go ahead and assume that all of the people who said that ear tube surgery is a breeze, weren’t referring to adenoidectomies as well. Those are apparently a little less breezy.

The doc told me that she put the tubes in and that there was, in fact, fluid behind each ear drum, so it was probably a good decision. We weren’t really sure if we were going to take out his adenoids–it was a game-time decision–but they were apparently “quite inflamed,” so out they came as well.

The thing about having your adenoids out is that it interferes with on of you basic daily activities–swallowing. Taking away Charlie’s right to swallow offends him greatly. When they brought be back into recovery he was screaming so hard that the only thought I had was, “well, I know that’s not my kid.” WRONG AGAIN! They assured me that it was just from the anesthesia. Thing is, the last time Charlie had anesthesia, he barely batted an eye, so I was fairly certain he was in some kind of pain. He’s crying, which he never does, and that stirred some sort of primal mommy thing and I started crying as well. Suckfest.

After he cried for an hour straight they decided that he might be in pain gave him some Tylenol 3 in his IV and he promptly conked out. Then they sent us home.

There’s been some more crying and I actually did some of it myself. I’ve just spread myself a little too thin and it caught up with me today. Charlie’s tears reduce me to smithereens every time and wasn’t dealing with it very well. I’m not good at asking for help when I need it and I try to do it all myself. Not always a perfect combination.

Now we’re hanging out on the couch, Charlie seems to be feeling better, which is good because he won’t take any more Tylenol 3–ya know why? Cause you have to SWALLOW it. Ironic, no?

PS: These pictures were taken for an article I’m writing for Blissfully Domestic, but they’re the wrong orientation–I’ll let you know when it’s posted.
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  1. Shannon says:

    Oh my goodness, what an ordeal. I’m glad he is feeling better!!! I hope you feel better soon, too. I totally get the spread too thin feeling.

  2. Wow, sounds rough. I imagine it is very frustrating for you to know he’s in pain and to be unable to help in some way. I hope you both have a tearless day tomorrow.

  3. Yuck.

    I just had to deal with our own cry fest here. Someone doesn’t really get very sedated with the sedation drugs they give for the lumbar puncture stem cell infusion and unlike the last two times, when he was Mr. Chill, today he decided he wasn’t too happy, and let everyone know.

    Poor babies.

    We’ve had just the ear tubes (two times) and after some general crankiness after the anesthesia wore off, he was fine. So I think you are right about the adenoids. We go to the ENT in June and I wouldn’t be surprised if we get scheduled for the adenoidectomy come fall.

    Praying for a speedy recovery and safe trip.

  4. therextras says:

    Rough stuff, Bird. Sending soothing thoughts!

    Keep thinking about the next ear-infection-free year to come.


  5. Small Town Girl says:

    Sorry that the little guy was having such a hard time! Hope things just keep getting better so you can relax a little bit. I’m sure when he’s feeling tough it’s easy to feel a little more tough yourself. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  6. Hollie says:

    You know I think of you and him daily, it makes my stuff seem small fry. I know what it is like though to be totally frustrated.

  7. blairspage says:

    I remember when Baylee woke up from anesthesia after her tube surgery and she wasn’t a happy camper! They said some kids do that. After all, she did fine this last time and didn’t cry at all. Unless of course they were trying to give her an IV LIKE 5 FREAKING TIMES!

    Big Hugs to you!!!!!!


  8. Oh, I’m so sorry. Poor little guy (and poor mama)! :o( Hopefully he’s all recovered by now.

    Love the pics by the way! Adorable!