Apparently tonsillectomies are simple, straightforward procedures. So when i Googled them and started harping on to my friends and family about my fears of post-op bleeding and infection, they laughed at me for being such a worrier.
"It's extremely rare." "These things only happen on Google." "She'll be fine, these operations are carried out everyday across the world."
My dd had her tonsils out last Friday, just over a week ago. Since then, she's been readmitted three times, she's heamorraged twice and has had to have two further operations to close the burst vessels. So that's three operations she's had in the space of a week. The worrying thing is, she has been in good spirits, there's been no warning signs before the blood. It just appears out of the blue.
The other day was the scariest of my life. I couldn't believe the amount of blood gushing out of her mouth. It filled the bottom of the bath, several mixing bowls, and then another bowl in the ambulance. She continued spitting it out even as they were putting her to sleep for the operation.
They said another hemorrhage is just as likely to occur as unlikely. They don't know why it happened and tried to persuade me to just accept it's one of those things.
We're home again now, but i can't sleep for worry. Looking at my dd, you'd think there's nothing wrong with her. She's playing with her dolls, munching a banana. But that's the scary thing. There's no telling when another hemorrage is about to happen.
Anyway, this has been my experience of a tonsillectomy. I don't want to scaremonger, just wanted to let people know that while the risks are small, they're still there.
How old is she? Our 5 year old kept having nose bleeds and we were advised to give her vitamin C with bioflavanoids as both these support strengthening the walls of the blood vessels. We just use the seven seas chewable blackcurrant vit c and zinc tablets - she and her 4 year old brother have been told to have half a tablet each twice a day if they're fighting something, otherwise half each once a day.
that happened to me when i was a kid, i was nearly 2... i still remember it. I'm sure you're all over this but just to say that it probably scared the shit out of her too, so both be kind to each other.
I expect the drs are right and it is just "one of those things". I'm sure they will have done a full blood count to see if she needed transfusion so should know what her platelet count was but, once things have settled down and she is better, it would be worth asking your GP to check her clotting.
I know how you feel ,although I'm guessing your daughter is young which may actually help. My son had his tonsils out at 17 yrs and he haemorrhaged at home first night post op and then had to stay in for IVs as there was infection and a clot . It was really scary and even worse because he was also very aware of the dangers ( which perhaps your daughter is not as much) . It's terrible thinking your child's life is in danger ,its doubly terrifying when the child thinks it as well . Fingers crossed that your daughter has a straightforward recovery from here , its very unfortunate when you turn out to be 'the odd one ' that doesn't go to plan .