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.