|Sweet boy wanted some snuggles.|
On night 3 I had a really hard time waking him up and when I finally did he cried and screamed and wouldn't take his medicine. It was terrible. Ty came in and we eventually had to just hold him down and force the medicine down his throat. After that he wanted me to sleep with him so I slept terribly that night and was pretty miserable in the morning. The wonderful thing about my parents being with us was that I didn't have to get up early to run before Ty left for work. I'd sleep until the kids got up and then run later in the day. It was hot but I was so tired, I'd take running in the heat with more sleep over little sleep and a cooler run! The night he refused meds I was tempted to just skip the dose because he had been seeming to feel much better that day but I had a friend who said she let her son sleep on day 3 and didn't wake him up because he'd been doing so well but the next day he couldn't swallow because his throat hurt so bad! I was glad she told me that because it gave me the confidence to know I needed to power through and give him the meds! The rest of the night I was able to give him the medicine while he was asleep without waking him through some miracle. I tried that the next night and he choked, spitting the medicine all over the bed.
For the first 3 days we had to give Carter ear drops, I think due to his tubes. It was terrible, he would scream and cry. A few times I actually had to pin him to the ground between my legs to get them in. When I re-read his information I saw it said a tonsillectomy will make your ears sore. Since he also had tubes placed his ears must have been pretty sore. I felt bad for him but we pushed through and got our 6 doses of drops in! I'd say the ear drops were the worst part of the recovery period.
Day 4 he really started fighting taking his medicine and I had to hold him down in the morning so my mom sent my dad out to find a chewable version of children's Tylenol and children's ibuprofen instead of the liquid version and Carter switched over with no problem! I think after 28 doses, he was just sick of the liquid medicine! I was glad we pushed through with the meds the night before because on day 4 Carter started to mention his throat was getting sore before he got his dose of medicine. Around that time we switched to every 4 hours instead of every 3 hours in a hope to gradually reduce the number of times he got medicine each day. His last dose of medicine at night was at 9 pm so we just let him stay up until 9 so I wouldn't have to wake him after an hour of sleep. The added benefit was that he and Elise slept until 8 most days which was really nice after waking every 3 hours at night to administer medicine (with the first dose coming about an hour and a half after going to bed so I was getting up 3 times to administer meds).
One of Carter's friends was celebrating his last day of school and invited Carter to come out to get ice cream with him. It was day 4 and he had been doing really well so we went for it. He was well behaved at the ice cream shop but when we went to leave he cried getting into the car and looked like he was going to fall asleep on our drive home. It was probably a little too much for him which was good to know. While talking with his friend, his friend told him his breath was stinky. Elise mentioned his breath being stinky too at some point. I didn't think it was too bad. At least not nearly as bad as I was expecting due to what some friends had told me. I felt bad for Carter because he told me later, "No one likes me because my breath smells bad." I explained to him that they still liked him and that it was okay because his breath would go back to smelling normally soon.
|Carter's throat looking much better around Day 7.|