Lauren Dubois, AKA the mother-of-two behind hilarious parenting blog, The Thud is preparing her son for surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids. So like any good mum, preparing for a big event, Lauren took to Instagram for some moral suport:
"What was it like? Did the anesthetic part make you lose your mind? And how was the recovery? Did it make a difference to sleep?"
And he's suddenly 28 years old. What is it about their faces that changes so quickly you start to not even recognise them? It's kind of rude. Like, who is this random kid in my kitchen? Oh yeah that's right, I birthed this one. Well do me a solid, mate and look like my goddamn son for five more minutes please? Jesus, it's the least you could do . So this grown man child has been booked in for surgery in about six weeks time and I'm freaking out. He has a sleep study done in December which showed he has sleep apnea. So after a trial with a nasal spray and a trip to the ENT, they've decided (pretty abruptly if you ask me 😳) that they'll take his tonsils and adenoids out because why the hell not, right!? 😬 So I'm looking for some hand holding please... have you done this? What was it like? Did the anaesthetic part make you lose your mind? And how was the recovery? Did it make a difference to sleep?? 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Do your research and be prepared
As usual, Lauren’s band of loyal readers flocked to her with their own stories and experiences - with lots of practical advice thrown in between.
The take home message? Do your research and be prepared.
So what should you do if like, Lauren, you’re preparing your child for surgery? Kinderling’s Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue has three golden rules.
Note: This advice is given with children between two to five years of age in mind.
1. Don’t over talk the process – this creates anxiety
Don’t tell your child about what will happen because they won’t understand and will get anxious. I recommend speaking to them no sooner than the night before.
You can say: “You and Mummy are going to go the hospital tomorrow. You are going to have a little sleep there and they are going to take out your sore tonsils.”
2. Talk to hospital staff about your concerns
Most hospitals now are prepared for anxious children and their parents and often have a program in place to support you.
“Ask staff about anything that is worrying you or that you don’t understand about pain relief. They are there to support you and your child.”
3. Take things that comfort your child
This could be a favourite dress-up outfit, toy, colouring books and pencils, or their bedtime story. These items will help them to relax, especially when they wake up in the hospital.
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