CHOP's ER monitored her and the doctors told us they were deciding whether to take her into the OR to try to figure out exactly where the bleeding was coming from and cauterize the area or just admit her for observation. Either way, she was not going home that night. One of the doctors told us that bleeding is normal after a tonsillectomy, although it's rare, occurring in about 1% of cases. When bleeding does occur, it's usually earlier in the recovery period, around 7-10 days post op. And even though bleeding is normal, it's always taken seriously because of where the tonsils are located. Because of the OR possibility, they wouldn't let Zadie eat or drink anything but clear liquids. The worst part was her getting an IV. They were good enough that they got it in on the first try, but it was pretty awful. She was hysterical, and kept crying "Mommy, Mommy!" I felt terrible.
|Sleeping in the ER|
She finally got into her room around 7 pm. We decided BJ would go home with Jonathan and Beatrix and I stayed with Zadie. It's really hard to be so far away from everyone! On Friday morning, they allowed Zadie to have regular food again and she ate a bit and drank and was cleared to go home, although we had to wait awhile for BJ and the kids to make it back. Traffic was terrible thanks to the start of Memorial Day weekend.
|Feeling pretty good|
Since Thursday morning, there has been no more bleeding and (knock on wood) I think we're in the clear!