Comfort Items Made All the Difference
At two years old, Adalynn Boyer was having recurrent ear infections. Her pediatrician, Dr. Stacy Wagner, Christophel Clinic, referred Adalynn’s parents, Joey and Monica Boyer, to Dr. F. E. Gonzales, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) visiting specialist. Dr. Gonzales recommended that Adalynn get ear tubes.
“We are happy with our decision to get tubes for Adalynn. After the tubes, she only had one more ear infection over the course of three years. At our last visit, Dr. Gonzales told us that one tube did what it was supposed to and fell out, but the other tube fell in and had been healed over. Surgery was the only way to get it out,” said Monica.
At five years old now, Adalynn was very aware of her surgery this time around. “Although we had been prepping her, she was still pretty nervous,” added Monica.
“After checking in, we were shown our room. The first things Adalynn saw were a stuffed animal and a soft blanket. She immediately focused on those two items, which really helped get us off to a good start. The first person to come introduce herself was Sam, the anesthetist. She let Adalynn and our other daughter Claire listen to their heartbeats through her stethoscope.
“When Adalynn’s nurses came in, it was nice that one really focused on her, while the other asked my husband and I the questions. Adalynn got to watch cartoons until the nurse came to pick her up in a wagon to wheel her back. She got to bring her new blanket and teddy bear, which really helped keep her brave as she left us.
“The procedure only took a few minutes, and soon Dr. Gonzales was in our room letting us know it had all gone well and Adalynn would be out soon.
“Knowing Adalynn was hungry, her nurse came in right away after Adalynn’s anesthesia had worn off to ask her what she’d like to eat. Adalynn was elated that pancakes and a strawberry milkshake was soon on its way!” finished Monica.
After eating her breakfast, Adalynn was ready to go home with her two new special items — her blanket and teddy bear.