Friday, September 10, 2010

goodbye adenoids, hello tubes.

a week ago today max said goodbye to his adenoids and hello to tubes in his ears:) i was on the fence for awhile, should i put max through the surgery for something that might actually not help anything? the reason the dr. felt that it was necessary was due to how many "sinus infection" he had last fall, winter and spring. it seemed like he was on antibiotics every other week. when i spoke with his ent he explained to me that very rarely do infants/toddlers actually have a "sinus infection" that it is really their adenoids are the things that are causing the problem. so that is when he recommend we take those puppies out, and at the same time place tubes in his ears. the tubes were not needed to be placed for any other reason then after they remove the adenoids there seems to be a lot of drainage and more then likely he would have more ear infections from that. up until this point max has been very blessed with his ears, i know that a lot of kiddos with DS have tiny little canals that the dr.s have trouble even seeing in(not in max's case). so far max has only had 3 ear infections(and from my understanding that's not normally enough to consider have tubes placed). like i said it was what his dr. recommend and it's hard to put your trust in someone else, but sometimes you have to go with your gut and trust it's the right thing to do for your child. max had to have a neck x-ray and everything was in the clear for that, i wasn't aware that was an issue for people/children/baby's with DS but it is. what they are worried about is that the first and second vertebrae will shift during anesthesia. once again we are very lucky, it looks like max is in the clear for that.
the night before his surgery we made him his favorite dinner... spaghetti:)
that of course required a bath:)
he was scheduled first thing in the morning, so when we woke lilly up she said "why is the sky purple?" this picture was taken 5:30 in the morning.
lilly giving her little brother a good luck hug:)
the flash was to bright for his little eyes, this was how all the picture turned out:)
his surgery was a success, his dr. said that his adenoids were taking up 75-80% of his airway. it was the right thing to do. he did say that for the next few weeks he will seem worse then he was before, but it will get better. and he was right about it being worse, his little nose is so sore from all the drainage:(
but he still is giving us all those smiles:)


  1. I agree! I noticed great improvement with Julia~her nose would run and run before her adenoids came out. A year later we did tonsils (still kicking myself we didn't do them at the same time) but it made a world of difference! I din't know that adenoids can grow when they did her tonsils a year later they "trimmed up the adenoids". Not a lot but as long as they were there. Glad all went well. PS-Julia's favorite meal is spaghetti too!
    Danielle and gang

  2. Yeah Max! Looks like you made the right decision. The spaghetti picture is so cute. Spaghetti is Lindsey's favorite food and also requires a bath. Hope he is feeling better soon.

  3. I'm so glad it all worked out. Emily had her adenoids out recently, too, and it has made a world of difference.

  4. Great photos. Sounds like you did the right thing. I hope he feels better soon.

  5. glad that all went well and hopefully the surgery helps out with the ear infections!