A Week Post Grommets and Adenoidectomy

It’s been a week since Roo had her adenoids removed and her grommets inserted.  She is back to her normal self.  Her recovery has been good.

We noticed a change in her hearing almost instantly…

I was told was to be expected with grommets.  Throughout the week she has been saying things are louder.  She has heard things that I haven’t, which, I won’t lie, has disturbed me somewhat. I knew my own hearing wasn’t great and hasn’t been since childhood (I had a perforated ear drum which has left scarring, and ergo, stops it moving the way it should, hence, I am a bit deaf) but I didn’t realise it was as poor as all that.

For instance, we were listening to her Disney Princess CD in the car (a get well gift from her Auntie), it was turned down very low since I was chatting to my Granny, and there is Roo, sitting in the back, singing along to Under The Sea.

“I know where this song is from, mummy” she says, proudly, “The Little Mermaid”

That’s my girl.  Everyone knows The Little Mermaid is by far and away the BEST Disney film ever made.

She’s also stopped snoring like a dying walrus…

I knew we wouldn’t miss those pesky adenoids.  I’d like to say we are all getting more sleep, except Elliot is still in our bed every night, so that’d be a lie.

Her confidence and language have shot through the roof since having her grommets fitted…

She’s much happier talking to people, probably because she doesn’t have to try to lip read, and her world doesn’t sound as if she’s under water anymore.  She is more chatty and her speech has improved.  She’s now making good attempts to say the “th” sound instead of making it into an “f” sound (for instance, bath instead of barf” and “thumb” instead of “fumb”).  It’s something we’ll be working on in the coming months.

The first couple of days we were home, she was a bit up and down.  She said she felt wobbly, and had to go to bed. Since then it has been as if nothing has happened. It’s amazing how fast kids bounce back.

I’ve been asking her what she remembers about being in hospital and having grommets put in.  She remembers the magic cream, the hospital gown, and the ride on the trolley. She does not remember the anaesthetic, or recovery when she was shaking, which I am pleased about.

And if anyone was wondering what grommets look like, here is a photo I borrowed from the NHS.






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  1. Awww bless her, it must be making such a big difference. I didn’t know that’s what’s grommets looked like – bit uhm well grosse really. Xx

  2. That’s amazing that you’re noticing the changes so quickly! And it’s brilliant that she remembers the ‘exciting’ hospital bits like the trolley and not that crappy bits.

    By the way totally with you on The Little Mermaid – best Disney movie EVER! x

    1. Isn’t it?! I must have seen it at least a few hundred times. I can pretty much recite it word for word.

      I am so glad she doesn’t remember coming round, it was bad, she was shaking and bleeding. No one wants to see their child like that.

      Jenny, that picture is a little grim, they fall out after a few months. I bet I am going to find them in her bed one day. Ew!

  3. I remember finding my gromets in my bed one morning, they’re really teeny so you may not even notice them when they come out.

    I’m really glad that she doesn’t remember the horrible bits about going into hospital. I vividly being wheeled into theatre and passing out when I had my tonsils out, it’s not the best memory to have.

    Awesome news about her hearing picking up so soon after the op, really hope she continues to improve.

  4. I had grommets in and adenoids out as a child too. Hope it really helps her and her confidence with language and speech continues to grow. (I have a Roo too!!)

  5. Bless her little poppet socks. I read this and had to comment as my nephew had the same thing and his hearing and speech are much improved. I am sure that she will just get better and better. Aren’t they brave?! Erm, the picture. Very interesting.

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