03 April 2006

Just another "Manic Monday"

Right? WRONG! Although I do wish my bed was already made and that it was Sunday again.

My 3 year old had his tonsils and adenoids removed on Friday. He did so well that day... the nurses fell in love with him immediately because he was so compliant and didn't cry or fight or even whine. We got home from the hospital and within a couple hours he wanted real food- cheese sticks and tortellini. His sister had the same speedy recovery... both their tonsils and adenoids were removed by coblation, a relatively new technique which uses a wand to coagulate the tissue with a cool electrical current and saline (this opposed to burning, cutting, or lasering). The desired effect is less tissue area damaged, thereby cutting recovery time almost in half.

Well, Jonah's resilience didn't hold up long. By Sunday he wouldn't even swallow his own saliva. He wasn't keeping his pain medication (or antibiotics) down either, which only contributed to his discomfort. And because his stomach was empty, he just walked around the house dry heaving. As a mother, you just wish you could experience their discomfort for them!

Today has been better. He ate some macaroni and cheese for lunch and it stayed down. He is napping now. So we will try to get some more food in him and then try the medication again. If he has something in his stomach, I think he'll be able to tolerate the medication. And the medication of course will help him feel better.

With all that's been going on in my life, I've thought a lot about the importance of empowering myself - by staying close to Christ, through scripture study and prayer. And I've taken an interest in the women of the scriptures lately, too. One story I love is that of Sarah and Abraham. I've always felt an admiration for Sarah, but lately more of an understanding for Hagar's example as well. Could anyone possibly feel more powerless than she did? Here she was a servant, a slave basically, required to provide a child. Then she was sent away - homeless and single and pregnant. She made poor decisions in her powerless situation, but the Lord still extended his hand to her. Angels visited her.

Perhaps one reason why Hagar cut herself off from the Lord was because she felt so imperfect. I can relate to that. I think all women can. Especially when the going gets rough. This story is a reminder to me that if I feel distanced from the Lord, it is because I have moved away, not Him. I need that reminder right now. I need to remember to not allow myself to feel powerless. To beseech the Lord for guidance and strength. With that I know all this shall pass. That comforts me. That inspires me.


Maine Mom said...

I hope Jonah feels better soon!

Doulabean said...

Poor guy! My heart just breaks for him. No fun!

lazymama said...

Great message! Thanks for the insight.

As for Jonah..poor guy. I wish him a speedy recovery!

Carrie said...

Oh, poor little guy. I hope he gets feeling better fast. My middle daughter may have to have her tonsils out. It is so hard to see them in discomfort like that. I cannot even hardly stand the shots at the doctor's offices. I have to hold the kids and turn my head. I want to cry.

Great message in your post. I love the woman of the scriptures.

Zoe said...

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe that he is so little and already having such a big procedure! What a brave little guy . . . and Mama!

I feel like maybe lately I have not been feeling as close to the Lord because I have been running around like a chicken with my head cute off!! LOL!! It is good to bring things back to the basics.

Jane said...

I loved reading your blog, even if I don't comment on it everytime. You inspire me...always!

Hope your little guy feels better soon. Nothing worse than seeing our little ones in pain, and we can't do anything about it.

ubercyl said...

Scooter's adenoidectomy/tonsillectomy recovery days were 10 of the hardest I've known as a mother.

Hugs, hope he continues to improve!

Vanessa said...

Thanks for the thoughts. I hope your little guy feels better soon.

sheri said...

ditto Jane. Poor little guy! (and poor momma)

Pamela said...

I'm so glad I cancelled my dd's surgery. She too was supposed to get hers out. Right now I wish she was home :-(
I hope you sons recovers fast!!!

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Your post has inspired me!

I hope your little guy continues to do better and better!


Stacy said...

You are always such an inspiration to me! Thank you for the insight!

Good luck on a speedy recovery for Jonah (and for your sanity as well!)