It’s been a week since the tube surgery happened, and I finally have a moment to report back. With surgery, the Thanksgiving holiday and normal life all smooshed into one week, it is safe to say we’ve been full speed ahead at our house!
This could be a really short entry. I could just write “Tubes changed everything for the better” and leave it at that. That would really be enough. But I’ll fill it out and gush about our new post-surgery life for you anyway.
Tubes changed everything for the better, as I already mentioned. Lewis sleeps better and longer at night. He goes down for naps and bedtime more easily. He eats better. His mood is better. We haven’t given him a single drop of Tylenol since before the surgery. He hears better. Everything is better.
The hearing improvement was a surprise. We didn’t think Lewis had any hearing problems, since all measures indicated that Lewis was advanced in his language skills. But as soon as we got home from the surgery, Lewis was suddenly fascinated by sounds that should have been old news (ex. the rustling of cheerios in his snack cup, or Kyle walking on the second floor above us). And his pronunciation has gotten significantly better (“banana” used to be “mamama”… and, well, now it is “banana”). What a bonus!
Sleep has been insanely good, which makes life easier in general. What kid could be grumpy when he sleeps between 11 and 12.5 hours every night without stirring? So the sleep improvement has meant that nights AND days are – dare I say it? – how they’re supposed to be.
Don’t get me wrong – we’ve still got a toddler on our hands. Just yesterday he screamed endlessly because he saw the bag of M&M’s on the counter and I wouldn’t give him any (gosh, I’m such a jerk). We also had a good fit because I wouldn’t put his tennis shoes on over the top of his slippers (I would have if I could have, kid). So he’s insane, but he’s normal-insane now. I am totally game for normal-insane!
The surgery itself was easy-peasy. We got there dark and early, before the doors even opened (oops!), got checked in, got kiddo’s vitals taken, changed him into his gown, and then off he went with the surgical team for a quick 15 minute procedure. He didn’t even cry when they walked away with him (my brave boy!). He did, however, cry quite a bit when the anesthesia wore off. He was disoriented, groggy, and scared – I don’t blame him.
He calmed down once we were headed out the door, snoozed a bit in the car, and then was bouncing off the walls at home like nothing ever happened, eating everything in sight. And that was that.
The nurses gave Lewis a stuffed elephant to keep him company while mama and dada weren’t there, and he has really bonded to it. He never really had a “lovey” before, but this semi-traumatic experience has made this elephant into his best buddy and source of comfort. I wish I had a recording of him saying “elephant” on-hand to add to this post. It’s adorable. *swoon*
We did have a pretty dismal night of sleep last night, and therefore a rough start to the day. And shoot, the rest of the day has been rough for me too. Hopefully the kid is faring better at school than I am at work. But we’re hopeful that the rough night was just a fluke, and doesn’t become a pattern again.
That being said, tubes don’t prevent ear infections 100%, they just minimize the problems and make them easier to handle when they do come up. So we’re watching him for signs of an ear infection, since he’s been digging in his ears the past day or so. That, combined with the bad sleep last night feels very familiar…