12 Year Old Tonsillectomy Experience

As of today, it's been one week since my 12 year old had her tonsillectomy. I hope that sharing her experience will help other parents who have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy planned. Of course, this isn't medical advice, instead a mother's retelling of what my daughter has been through before, during and after this surgery. One thing I've learned is that although a tonsillectomy is a very quick procedure (hers took about 15 minutes), there can be a long recover period. Recovery depends on how your child tolerates pain, the age of your child and the amount of swelling that occurs after … [Read more...]

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School District Makes Decision Without Child’s Needs in Mind

Because of medical problems, my daughter attends school for 2 classes in the morning and the rest of her education is done through the Special Education's Hospital Homebound program. The school district made a big change to this program this school year. Instead of using full time teachers that teach during the day, they hired teachers to be full time Homebound teachers. That meant the teacher my daughter had from last grade, was no longer her teacher. She had a difficult time coping with this because it was expected that her teacher would continue this year and it takes my daughter a while … [Read more...]

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Building a Positive Relationship with your Child’s Doctor

As the mother of a child who sees five doctors on a regular basis, I'm learning how to build and keep positive relationships with each doctor.  My child has special needs. Along with a diagnosis of anxiety, she has narcolepsy and cardiac issues. But, this is important for any parent whose child may need a doctor for a virus, mono, or something more serious. Be Prepared for Your Appointment We try to arrive at least 14 minutes before our appointment time just in case there are new forms to fill out or someone has to use the bathroom. We appreciate that our doctor's time is important. I write … [Read more...]

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On Being A Strong Mother

That phone call is the one that will stick with me forever, the one when I became a strong mother. The one where you move so fast that you can feel the adrenaline pump through your body as your mind races along with it.  Your body acts on auto pilot. Your thoughts are a mess. When they come back to you later, you want to erase them from your mind. You own the road as you drive too fast. Your own sobbing scares you. The phone is being used to call those closest to you, but you keep hearing, "What did you say?". There's no time or energy left to repeat yourself so you just say, "Get to the … [Read more...]

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Back To School So Bravely

And so bravely, she got out of the car and went back to school on Monday after being taught from home for part of last school year and most of the summer. She had to stand among the crowd of students and wait for the bell to ring, just after saying she felt sick to her stomach. I prayed that one friend would find her and make her laugh, help her forget about that her stomach was queasy. But I had to pull away as there were so many cars behind me pushing their way forward to let their children out on this first day of school. The night before, her clothes were set out, her book bag was … [Read more...]

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