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Gratitude Project

I am grateful for easy fixes. Kev has cryptic tonsillitis. Explained by the doc like this: when you're grown your tonsils begin to shrink. Sometimes they do not shrink evenly or at the same pace so there are grooves. Food gets stuck in the grooves, and the bacteria from your mouth goes down and dances with the groovy food and they birth infection. Like all bad children, the birthed bacteria must be punished. There are 2 optimum punishments. One is time out - where you use a water pic and squirt your tonsils so the groovy food does not get to play with the nasty bacteria. The second punishment is permanent banishment via surgery. Ok, the doc didn't talk about dancing, playing, birthing or punishment - I embellished.

So the choice was up to us. I deferred to Kev. He's 18, his choice. He chose the water pic method. I asked the doc if they'll shrink all to uniform in time. He said "usually", so not choosing surgery is a good idea. They should be uniform by age 21. If the water piccing doesn't work then he can have surgery.

Good choice, Kev! And his sore throats should go away. And with the 2 allergy meds the GI prescribed that should settle out, too.

Banner day, yes?


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Sep. 4th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Damn straight. This calls for a drink or three.
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
*clinks glasses*

Sep. 4th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Sounds like a fabulous day!

I had to have mine removed, but for the opposite reason - my were growing in size rapidly so yay for no surgery for now :)
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
My other 2 had theirs removed for extra growing. Maybe if they'd kept theirs I wouldn't have look at the doc like "WTF?" when he gave the diagnosis. We waited for an hour and 45 minutes for his 10 second look and diagnosis. I'm sure he was thinking "Yay! An easy one!"

We are so unaccustomed to having to wait like that these days. Years ago every doctor appt. entailed half a day. Fewer kids at home, less appts., less wait time = spoiled.
Sep. 4th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
I am glad it is something easily remedied for now. I had almost chronic tonsillitis as a kid, huge swollen tonsils. Even as an adult in my 30s I got terrible cases of tonsillitis and they wouldn't touch them with a scalpel as they stayed swollen and full of blood. Only now, as old age creeps up on me are my tonsils almost normal acting. I hope the water piccage works! Cause adult tonsillitis is not 'teh cool' at all.
Sep. 4th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Ugh, poor Cyn. Maybe you have the same thing and the water pic will work for you? It is 8 ounces warm water with a heaping tablespoon of sea salt and a capful of Listerine.

If it doesn't work they'll take Kev's tonsils out, so it is worth a shot for him, especially since surgery sucks!

I hope with his throat back to normal his desire to eat will return and he'll regain the weight. That is the expectation and really, there is no reason to think otherwise.
Sep. 4th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
I am really just so relieved that Kev has a solution that will work and that it is not something worse!
Sep. 4th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
Me, too!
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
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