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Surgery rebound

Kids are tough — tougher than their parents, in many cases.

Count this as my latest parenting lesson, as I watched our 7-year-old recover from tonsil/adenoid surgery over the past week and a half or so.

Granted, I wasn’t there every minute — my wife and I split duties last week as our patient hung around the house, inhaling ice cream and diving deep into the Pokemon world on his three gaming platforms — but from what I saw, he really did extremely well.

I can’t say the day of surgery was a picnic. As he came through the recovery area, he had some rather unpleasant things to say about the whole experience. But I chalk that up to anesthesia and the trauma of surgery, which can hit anyone hard (even if it’s a so-called “minor” procedure).

And waking him up the first few nights to keep a supply of painkiller in his system was a battle, nearly every time.

But it seems he understood the process, and what he needed to do to get better. He even became an expert at rating his pain on a 1-to-10 scale. Fortunately, he rarely got past a 5.

His 3-year-old brother, on the other hand, keeps asking if his brother’s tonsils will come back. We’ve told him they’re gone permanently, and that it’s a good thing, but he’s not getting the message yet.

But our routine is returning to normal, and the patient is ready for his post-recovery routine.

His worried parents, it would seem, can relax. Even if just a bit.

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