Thursday, January 6, 2011

Anxiously Awaiting Bre's Tonsillectomy


Next week Breanna will undergo her first (and hopefully, her last) surgery! On 14 January 2011 Breanna is having a tonsillectomy due to tonsillitis that she has had numerous times, which has led to respiratory infections and more issues with her asthma. This past year we have had to keep her inhalers and nebulizer on hand at all times. It has been kind of scary, but something we have been able to control for the most part at home. Her breathing become pretty shallow the last couple of months of 2010 and we ended up having to increase her albuterol intake as well as put her back on flovent. Both inhalers.

She is better now, just anxiously awaiting the surgery. We have told her that we will pick up foods that she can eat, which of course with an unlimited amount of popsicles and ice cream, she seems to be better already! Bre has fallen in love with modeling clay, so over the next week we are going to experiment with making our own modeling clay. I found a really cool recipe for it, so fingers crossed that it works out! It will give her something to do while she is home. She has to stay home to week following the surgery and can return to school the week after that. She is on two to three weeks of restrictions. The bad part for her is that we have to figure out a way to fit Caitlin’s birthday party into this since Kevin will more than likely be away in February. His company is scheduled for the field.

We met with nurses an anesthesiologist a few days ago at WBAMC for Bre’s pre-op appointments. Bre was great during these appointments, except for the occasional moments of pure boredom! After one appointment we had some time to kill, so we headed over to main post. Man, has that place changed since the rebuilt everything and added even more! We rarely go to the PX area on post. Bre and I walked around the new PX (kind of reminded me of the one in Wiesbaden, Germany.) It is so big now! Amazing! The food court has so much to choose from, including Starbucks and Arby’s. I have never seen an Arby’s on post! Pretty cool. They have also added so many shops, Wild Wings, a movie theater and so much more! It looks so much better now! Fort Bliss did an amazing job!

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