Anna is settling down for an overnight hospital stay after having her tonsils and adenoids out. Surprisingly, we have gotten very mixed reactions about our three daughters having this procedure done. In their cases, it was due to sleep apnea which was the result of extremely large adenoids. I mean, really ridiculously large. They snored, they stopped breathing many times each night, they truly did need to have this procedure. But still, we took quite a bit of flack for it.
Now, I know there are so many parents out there who insist on subjecting their kids to unecessary medical treatments, but we are so far from that. I am an antibiotic nazi, rarely giving my permission to have any prescribed. We are very selective and careful about vaccines, preferring to boost our kids immune systems and keep a watchful eye on thier health. I don't freely give them pain or fever reducing medication, relying instead on homeopathic treaments and letting fevers run their couse.
So why, when we choose what we believe is a potential life saving procedure, do we get attacked? Do my mindful and carefully chosen health precautions count for nothing? Does it appear that we gave this no thought and jumped headlong into it? I'm baffled by the reaction to this.
Not that everyone feels the same way. We have plenty of supporters who know that we make only the best available decisions for our kids. They know that the terrifying knowledge of a child not breathing may times throughout the night more than makes up for any risks involved. It is understood that we will all sleep better once we get home and recovery really starts.
So thank you supporters, for being there for us and loving us through this. Anna appreciates your concern and we know your love and support will help her on her road to recovery. And to those who are negative about our decision, you can still choose to love and support Anna, even if you don't agree with her parents.