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It has been 2 months nearly since Elizabeth had her adenoids and tonsils out. (Gosh, where does the time go?) So I thought it was about time to go over what we have found as being the benefits of a tonsillectomy. Do the benefits of a tonsillectomy outweigh the risks?
The Benefits Of A Tonsillectomy
No more apnoea
Before her operation, Elizabeth had suffered for 18 months with sleep apnoea. This meant that she wasn’t really breathing properly. She made a lot of noise when she breathed. The consultant even pointed out that she just could not breathe through her nose at all! Her breathing through her mouth on a night got quicker when she got a cold, going up to 50 breaths a minute on some occasions.You could hear her snorting and struggling from outside the room. Her snoring was louder than her Daddy’s.
Now she is at a more normal 22 breaths a minute. And the apnoea has totally gone. We can hardly hear her, and so I’ve gone into her room on a few occasions just to watch her sleeping peacefully. Goodbye tiny Darth Vader.
No more sleeping on a slant
Before the op, we used to have to put a pillow under one end of Elizabeth’s mattress to keep her sleeping on an incline. She even got used to pulling herself up this incline in her sleep! We didn’t like to give her a duvet as we felt she was already struggling getting air.
Now the pillows under the mattress have gone, and she can sleep on a flat bed with a pillow and a duvet.
Sleep is much improved
Before the adenoids and tonsils were removed she used to wake herself up a lot in the evening and through the night, gasping for breath. Now she breathes so much better, so her sleep has improved greatly. And we also are able to sleep better.
Less runny nose
Elizabeth had a constantly snotty face before she had her adenoids and tonsils out. We went through a lot of tissues, and she often had a sore spot around her nose and cheeks.
Now, although she still occasionally has a runny nose, I think that its so much better.
No colds – yet
She hasn’t had a cold – yet. At this time of year there are so many bugs going around that I am amazed she has not had anything yet. I think the constant runny blocked up nose didn’t help. In fact, I think it used to act as an ideal harbour attracting bugs into her system. No wonder she used to get everything going. Hopefully she will get a lot less bugs this year.
We are also using a lot less calpol. Which can only be good considering she hates taking it!
A lot more energy
Elizabeth has always been a really active girl, but I do think that being unable to breathe through her nose used to tire her out. She used to get really crabby.
Now she bounces about so much more.
We have less stress
Elizabeth’s apnoea was very stressful for us as Mum and Dad. I used to check the monitor as soon as I woke up, or even in the middle of the night. Andrew says that he also worried about it such a lot. It affected us all.
We ended up at the hospital a few times, and even had a 5 night stay at one point as her breathing was so poor.
It is so good to not have to worry about this any more.
So, do I think the benefits of a tonsillectomy outweigh the risks? Definitely in our case. Elizabeth is a very healthy little girl, so do fully discuss all options with your surgeon. But for us it has made all the difference.
I would love to know if you’ve seen the benefits of a tonsillectomy in your life too? Do share your story below by commenting, or find me on social media.
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