By Elizabeth Stutt
UPdate Fall 1996
recently had a tonsillectomy at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
I met with success and wanted to share the route I followed.
1. I met with the surgeon and
explained my daughter’s needs with respect to her sensitivities.
2. I telephoned the Day Surgery Unit
and explained her needs with respect to the use of her own pyjamas, sheets,
spring water, Popsicles, etc., and the need for perfume-free staff.
3. I telephoned the Operating Room Assistant
Head Nurse and explained these same needs, since it had been this person
who had refused the use of our own sheets the last time we used this facility
for my son. She was very co-operative and made arrangements for the
surgery schedule to include appropriate notes with respect to the sheets
4. On the day of the surgery, I brought
a brief set of notes for the surgeon which included specific requests to
minimize my daughter’s reactions during surgery. These included her
sensitivity to alcohol (offering benzalkonium chloride as an alternative),
benadryl, milk and corn (requesting Normale Saline I/V); a list of her
drug allergies; and a request that 5 minutes of 100% oxygen be giver prior
to inducing anaesthesia (as per Dr. Williams Rea’s suggestion in the Hospital
All of her needs as expressed were
respected and I received no opposition to my giving her homeopathic remedies
to help reduce the trauma of her surgery and to help reduce her vomiting
after surgery. Also, since my daughter was having difficulty breathing
due to lack of air circulation in the ward, the nurse offered to move her
into the hall where there was more air movement (albeit we were the last
in the unit at the time).