Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dear Codeine, I Love You

Nolan talking to, but not eating, a snowman cupcake

The ENT really wanted Nolan to discontinue the Tylenol with Codeine. I stopped the medication yesterday, and Nolan was rather cranky.

This morning, he woke up crying. Then screaming, whining, and general mayhem ensued. He wouldn't eat breakfast, he wouldn't eat lunch. He also wouldn't drink anything, or even swallow his own saliva. By noon, his mouth was held open and drool was pouring out.

I put him back on the Tylenol with Codeine. Regular Tylenol isn't cutting it, and the child is in so much pain he can't swallow. Within an hour of the medication, he was eating, chatting, and smiling again.

I'm going to give the medication another few days before trying to wean him off the pain medication again- the poor little guy needs a break!


Jan said...

One size does not fit all, not all people heal at the same rate. I would think that a moist area would take a little longer to heal. I am glad that you are listening to Nolan, Let's face it, both of you are going to need the codeine if Nolan is in pain! Thanks for being the best mother ever.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Well done, Leah :D

He'll heal.

And he'll heal better if he's not overwhelmed with pain.

Love the picture!

rouchi said...

Hope he heals soon and is his normal self sooner without the medicine.Take care.

TheSweetOne said...

good for you! Sometimes it's tough to go against what a doctor tells us. Society has given them this 'power' over us by virtue of their medical degree. But it's often undeserved as we - the parents, and most often the MOMS - know our kids best and ultimately what is best for them. Hope things improve more the next few days!

leah said...

I gave it to him again today- he woke up screaming, mouth open, same awful pain and inability to swallow. Now that the medication has kicked in, he's back to normal. I think he'll be on it until Christmas, at least. This surgery really knocked him for a loop!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

When you need it, you need it. I'm glad you have something that helps!

What a cute picture of him with his snowman cupcake!