No more tonsils!

For about the last year every time a doctor or dentist would look in Jack’s mouth they would always, without fail, comment on the size of his tonsils.  “Wow, he has big tonsils!”  And every time I would say something like, “Yea…that is what everyone says.  Do you think we should have them out?”  And then they would say something to the effect of “well they aren’t the biggest I’ve ever seen and he hasn’t been sick that often so they must be ok.”  And so we carried on like this for the last year.  And I must say that last winter he was sick more times than he was his whole life combined so I was beginning to want the tonsils gone.  So back towards the first part of November he started snoring SO loud at night.  Like I could hear him through his closed door and mine.  So I decided to take him to an ENT doctor.  He seemed to think his tonsils were ok, big but once again not the hugest ever.  But he told me to go listen to his breathing at night to make sure his tonsils were not causing him to stop breathing.  Well I put it off for a few weeks because I just forgot.  And then one night it just came to me to check on him and his breathing was definitely not normal.  But I wasn’t sure.  So my Dad just happened to be in town that weekend and I asked him to listen in.  And he confirmed that his breathing was definitely stopping.  You see, he is sorta pro because I did the same thing when I was Jack’s age.  So the next day I called the ENT again.  We saw him on Thursday and he had an opening the next day for surgery.  Jack was completely spooked about the whole thing.  We had to go fill out paperwork at the hospital the day before surgery and he was screaming just going in.  So I was dreading the actual day.  But can I just say that prayers are answered because the morning of the surgery he was completely calm.  He didn’t even cry as he was being wheeled away even though both of this parent’s were!  He was a brave boy!  And everything went just great.  He was a little scared coming out the anesthesia but once that subsided, he has been completely normal.  He has complained maybe twice about his throat hurting in the last 12 days.  He was back to eating some pretty solid foods within a week.  He is such a rad kid.  And how is his breathing now you might ask, 100% normal.  And that happened the very first night.  So looking forward to our first tonsil free winter!


8 Replies to “No more tonsils!”

  1. Oh, what a stud! So happy everything went well, and can’t believe that smile on his face the morning of. Way to go Jack!

  2. What a brave guy. He will be happy to have those suckers out (seriously – getting my tonsils out changed my life.)

  3. Nice job, Jack! You were such a brave little buddy! What a relief to have those suckers out! Kinda bummed I didn’t get to hear his cartoon voice though! 🙂 See you soon!

  4. It is just wrong to see a little kid in a hospital gown like that! So happy that this is all behind us and that Jack is the best kid ever!

  5. Way to go Jack, Jack! You’re not going to let anything keep you down. You sure are growing up little buddy. Thanks for letting me hang out with you last weekend.

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