My sweet Gideon needs to have his tonsils removed. Being five, he really knows what is going on, and we have tried to prepare him for the big event.
In our family, the word “surgery” is a known term. I had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer four years ago, and both Gideon and Isaiah have had tubes put in their ears as toddlers.
As Gideon and I sat at the doctor’s office and heard the recommendation (remove tonsils and adenoids, and put in new tubes), the only part of the instructions he really latched onto was that he gets to eat junk food after the surgery. We realized that a little more preparation was needed.
What have we done to get him ready for surgery?
We’ve prayed for him and with him. Others are praying for him as well. Our prayer is for him to remain healthy and for him to recover quickly from the surgery.
He helped me pick out special snacks from the list of “junk food” the doctors provided. I’m hoping that he’ll be more willing to eat and drink since he picked out the treats.
We read Good-bye Tonsils! and Franklin Goes to the Hospital. Good-bye Tonsils was more applicable to our situation, but I thought I’d share Franklin Goes to the Hospital because Franklin has to have surgery to repair a broken shell. I’m sure other kids have faced surgery for injuries as well. In Good-bye Tonsils, the girl has to stay overnight. Gideon will just be having his tonsils out at an outpatient center so he doesn’t have to stay.
We have talked about what to expect. We talked about what that day will be like. He knows his throat will be sore. He will get to eat and drink special treats and have medicine. He is also excited about having lots of movie-watching time (which we don’t do all that often in our house). We have Amazon Prime and signed up for a free trial of Netflix just for the occasion.
We’re going to spend some time playing on Kids Health Galaxy. Our local children’s hospital has this website that explains about hospitals, procedures, people we’ll see, and what to expect with an operation or surgery. We’ve looked at it just a little, and Gideon is excited to explore some more. With our anatomy studies this year (or if you know anyone who has to go to the hospital), this is a great site for kids. I should mention that this site deals with all different kinds of surgery and health issues. Gideon won’t be going to the actual CHOP facility but a more local outpatient center under them. He is loving this site so far with its games and printables.
What else should we do?
We still have a little time to prepare before the surgery. As long as he keeps healthy, he’ll have it soon. What else should we do to get Gideon ready?
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