Update: Food Allergies and Surgery

Today was the big day- surgery to remove tonsils and adenoids. Rather than a hospital, the surgery took place at an outpatient surgical center. I really weighed the pros and cons of doing the surgery in this location instead of a hospital, but after touring the facility, I felt good about this choice. So far so good, as my son is recovering nicely at home.

During the tour, I asked to see ingredient labels for all medications. They were very accommodating. Some I had to check at home on-line as the ingredients weren't available on the container. I also checked out the labels for the popsicles and water ice they offer after the operation. The labels looked fine, but we decided to bring our own.

When we arrived, my son received a special red band with all his food and medication allergies clearly listed.

Even though the nurses and doctors were well aware of his allergies, we still got instructions such as "give him lots of pudding, macaroni and cheese, milkshakes, scrambled eggs"...hmmm...can't serve any of those. I also ran into another gotcha when the surgeon prescribed Zofran, an anti-nausea medication. The tablets contain lactose, a no-no for the milk allergic. He switched it to the orally dissolving tablets which don't contain lactose. I only found this out after a thorough internet search. Don't rely on medical professionals to manage your food allergy.

Well, off to re-fill the water ice cup! Thank you for all of your well-wishes as we faced this procedure.
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