... "hydrocodone homatropine syrup" I know what hydrocodone is but I can't seem to find this particular drug and it's ratio per teaspoon. Can anyone out there help me? My son is crying in pain but I'm worried to give him more without knowing exactly how much I'm really giving him!
No. I know that you're trying to be the best mother you can and it's breaking your heart to see your child in pain. But you must NOT give him more than narcotic prescribed because he is in pain. The first recommendation I would have had was to to make sure that the doctor prescribed everything in liquid form, but kudos to the doctor for already taking care of that.
The Dr. should have given you a phone number to call in case of emergencies. Call it - they will page the Dr. and the Dr. will call you back as soon as possible. Make sure you mention, if he's spitting up any blood. The doctor will be annoyed to hear that the client is in pain because duh of course he's in pain - he just went through surgery - so come prepared to make sure that you express the level of pain that your son is in with as descriptive words as possible (just crying is one thing, but screaming is another, you know what I mean )?
The doctor will either tell you to administer additional hydrocodone and will likely call additional syrup in to the pharmacy because using an increased dose will have you run out of the medicine early (which is one concern if you try to handle this on your own). When it happened to me, my doctor called in a prescription to a specialty pharmacy. These lollipops are basically full of Novacaine so, as they slowly drizzle down, they numb the throat. As I said, they had to be picked up from a specialty pharmacy because they are a product that has to be mixed in a bowl and placed in moulds on-site. 14 is still in the relatively young age range for having tonsils out (when I had mine out I was 28 and it was extremely dangerous), so the fact that he's in as much pain as he is in is pretty unusual. One thing you might try to do is take ice packs and apply them gently to the outside of his neck. I remember using that technique and the cooling sensation did make its way through to the part that hurt.
One thing I really want to stress to you that is going to be very difficult for him especially (considering the pain that he's in) to sip of water, but he MUST. I know it's annoying that the doctor says to drink a certain amount, and one might think oh it's just to stay hydrated. But I'll tell you what happened to me. Th night that I had to call my doctor at 3 AM because of pain and spitting up blood, it was because I was hemorrhaging.
If you imagine a flat surface with something bulging off of it, the tonsil is the bulls. The surgeon goes in and uses a surgical tool to get behind the bulging mass and cuts it completely off so that it matches the flat surface behind it. So, you can imagine, having your tonsils removed is essentially leaving a large wound behind which is cauterized. The wound, which is going through it's healing process and eventually becomes a scab starts to lift along the edges and open if it's not kept moist during its' healing process. It doesn't take a lot of water, just a few sips a day - but those few sips are critical. If bleeding starts, and you can't get it under control with the use of ice packs, it's considered an emergency, and you have to go to the hospital so they can use silver nitrate to cauterize the wounds closed back again. I know it all sounds pretty dramatic, but that's actually the reason why we are in so much pain, and asked to sip a certain amount of water daily.
I really hope this helps and please do post to follow up to let us know how he's doing. Meggie
Listen to Meggiegirl. Both of my sons had their tonsils out. One in 2nd grade and the other in 8th. I remember the doctor saying that drinking is the most important. As Meggiegirl said you need to keep the throat moist, but the doctor also said it helps to heal quicker.
My son who was 8 had an easier time afterwards than the one who was 14. The older you are the worse it gets. My husband had his out 18 years ago and it was horrible. He spent 2 weeks out of work and said this was the worst recovery out of the other surgeries he had (sinus, knee)
I hope your son heals soon.
This must be making you crazy as a mother.
I decided I was tired of trying to use my CPAP and thought I'd get my tonsils out!
Thank God the EENT refused to do it on a 60+ woman.
He said the success rate was less than 50% for fixing the sleep apnea.
What I want you to read is that he said hemorrhage occurs usually after the patient is discharged from the hospital in that first week.
So don't hesitate to call him!
Meggie is write about the fluids.
For one, the medicine doesn't work as well without following it up with water or some kind of fluid.
We used to do jello (not red) and popsicles.
I don't know what the recommendations are now but he needs to avoid dehydration.
Dehydration alone will increase his risk for infection, fever and will increase the pain he is having.
After reading Meggie!s description of how it's done, I have a sore throat ! Yuck !
Be well and nag that doctor until you get this under control. If not satisfactory results are obtained, go to the ER! Call his service first and tell him you intend on going to the ER. Doctors don't like their patients popping up in the ER for pain that he can control as an out-patient.
Watch for the higher risk of bleeding thar first week. He told me it's because the clot that naturally forms during the hospital, breaks and the bleeding starts.
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