The “O, MY” in TonsillectOMY and AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery, Second Edition
Loving Healing Press (2011)
Reviewed by for Reader Views (08/10)
“The ‘O, MY’ in TonsillectOMY and AdenoidectOMY” by Laurie Zelinger, Ph.D., is a book designed to educate parents about the procedures, what to expect on the day of surgery, and what happens in the days after. The book is divided into four phases: “Introducing the Topic to Your Child,” “Tackling the Subject,” “Getting Closer, Getting Ready,” and “The Day of Surgery- It’s Here!” Following the four phases is a preparation list and a special section about rare, but possible complications.
Dr. Zelinger has written a clear, specific guide to aide parents in describing the what, when, why, and how of having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. There is a countdown of what to tell your child beginning at a 1-2 months period prior to surgery to the day of surgery. Specific dialogues are suggested to give parents a practice sheet of sorts to initiate conversation about what the child should expect.
As a parent of two children that have had their tonsils and adenoids removed, I can attest to the missing information I had before surgery and how nervous the lack of knowledge made me. I remember having a very thin pamphlet to read. Dr. Zelinger’s book would have not only alleviated any anxiousness my children may have had, but it would have given me confidence and peace of mind about what to expect the day of surgery and immediately following. One child had no complications while the other threw up, suffered worse pain, and had nightmares. This book lays out the possible side effects my child experienced which would have put me more at ease. “The ‘O, MY’ in TonsillectOMY and AdenoidectOMY” is a must read for parents of future tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy patients and ENT ’s who perform the surgeries.