Roo loves Dr. Rimmel, the surgeon who will take out his tonsils and adnoids, as well as biopsy his lymph nodes today, which helps. Rimmel is the most tight-lipped, expressionless, recalcitrant and humorless pediatric specialist (ENT) I have ever seen, tops in his field, absolutely no warmth or bedside manner of any sort, brilliant, and kids adore him. He looks at them as a scientist might upon a particularly valuable white rat specimen in a cage, keeping a three-step distance from the little vermin, but has benign intentions. Dr. Rimmel is a walking oddity, but he does great work, and we (and Roo) trust his skills and concern for our little Roo 100%.
So say a little prayer for Roo, who will likely need to remain at Amplatz Children's Hospital for 1-3 overnights for pain control (he can't take oral meds and so will need IV analgesics, etc.), and who will likely face a week of severe discomfort and inability to swallow post-op. Since eating is his favorite thing--and pain his least favorite thing--we expect a time of unhappy Roo, sleepless nights, and heavy hearted Mommy and Daddy. Pray also that the enlarged lymph nodes in his neck which have been causing him so many problems will be benign for signs of disease, and treatable.
The hospital has wifi, so we hopefully be sending status updates through twitter (@bluecollardaugh) throughout the day, via Toe's iPad.