My sweet nephew Jay, or Bird as the family calls him, is having another surgery this morning. He has had an unexplained swollen tonsil since last May that his pediatrician noticed at his 3 year check-up. Since they need to remove the one tonsil, they are going to go ahead and do a full tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy to take everything out. He is also having surgery under his tongue (a frenulectomy procedure) to correct his tongue-tie.
The doctors are most concerned about him having only one enlarged tonsil (rather than both being enlarged) as this can be a sign of lymphoma. As the doctors have explained, the majority of pediatric cases that have unilateral tonsillar enlargement will not have lymphoma. However, most patients that do end up having tonsillar lymphoma had a unilateral tonsillar enlargement as a presenting sign. A biopsy of the tonsil will finally rule out lymphoma.
Please keep our Bird in your prayers today and through the week. Pray for the doctors performing his surgery at 8 a.m. this morning. Pray that his biopsy comes back normal and that the combination of removing his tonsils, adenoids and tongue-tie will improve his eating and weight gain. Pray for Sister and her Mister – that stay strong and positive while waiting on the results. And pray that he bounces back to his usual preciously energetic state in no time at all.
We are hoping that Bird only spends one night at the hospital. Promise to keep y’all updated!
UPDATE: Bird is out of surgery and was already discharged to go home without staying the night!! The doctors reported that his enlarged tonsil felt normal and the lab results will be back in about 72 hours. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!! We can’t wait to go visit him tomorrow :-)