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Please Explain Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy to Me: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Child for Surgery

4.83  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The new 3rd Edition of this bestselling book helps parents understand and organize the necessary medical and emotional components that accompany their child's surgery. In an easy to follow timeline for events prior to and following a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy, the authors provide reassuring and accurate guidance that eases the process for the patient and family. A ...more
Hardcover, 3rd Edition, 42 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Loving Healing Press (first published November 12th 2008)
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
I really enjoyed Zelinger's previous "Please Explain" books and found this one to be on par with the others. It was jammed pack with information for parents and from start to finish the book walks you through the procedure with ease. She breaks the process of explaining to your child into four phases - Introducing the topic to your child (1 -2 months before surgery), Tacking the subject - which covers what to tell them 3/4 weeks before and 2/3 weeks before surgery, Getting ready for surgery and ...more
Sharon Martin
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cleverly written to not only calm parent and patient about the named operation procedures, I believe it can be applied to a number of hospital or difficult procedures. It takes you through the explanation of the operations for the above conditions, what to expect, how to carefully plan and prepare, how to explain what is going to happen, when it is going to and why it is necessary.

The book includes excellent graphics and simple text explanations to ease any parent or child who is
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Crystal Addis
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a guide for parents and is jam packed with AMAZING information that helps the parent not only explain what will happen to the child, but helps the parent on this journey as well.
Erika Messer
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very cute little book that has a TON of information in it. Perfect for kids and parents because it gives the parents some very good advice on what to do, how to handle the situation, how to allay their fears and how to help them after the surgery. I had a tonsillectomy when I was about 11 years old, I struggled for years with tonsillitis before having the surgery and I don't remember much about it except that I was happy I got to eat ice cream, pudding and jello all day long :) But naturally, ki ...more
Leila
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a previous book by this same author (Please Explain ‘Terrorism’ to Me) and enjoy how these books give easy to use ways to explain difficult topics to kids.

The books look like they are children picture books and while there are some pictures; the books are definitely geared towards parents and helping parents find ways to explain topics – such as going through Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy. As a parent who hasn’t gone through it myself; I wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to star
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Shelly
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a child, I remember hearing my parents and doctor talking about the potential for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery. They used terms that I didn't understand at age 10. It would have been wonderful to have this book to explain the entire process. The cover makes the book more inviting than traditional pamphlets or printed resources that your physician often provides. It's very accurate and full of information that bring the surgery to an understandable level by a child (as well as a par ...more
Debbie Sherrer
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your child is being booked for surgery to have their tonsils or adenoids removed, you will get a lot of great information from this book, Please Explain Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy to Me by Laurie Zelinger and Perry Zelinger. It will help you with explaining the procedure to your child and will help you also with many questions you will have. This book has lots of great advice for getting ready for surgery, what to pack for at the hospital. So much great information about what to expect a ...more
D
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed exploring this book. As a teacher, sometimes students find out they are having surgery and are scared. This book is a great resource to share with parents and to use when talking to a student who is about to undergo surgery.

I found it really interesting how the authors make the child a part of the conversation and remind parents not to have the initial conversation in front of their child. So many parents give into those fears and discuss it on the car ride home, scaring a child
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Teresa Kander
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book gives parents a great deal of medical information, as well as ideas on how to explain the subject to young children. It is not a book for the children themselves, although it has wonderful illustrations to share with the child--it even offers some direct quotes to use to begin conversations about different parts of the procedure. My favorite resource is the list of suggested items to have on hand at home after the surgery to make recovery easier on everyone. There is also a list of chi ...more
Candis
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very strong supplement to an ENT and pediatrician for a parent trying to prepare their child, their living space, other kids and themselves for an upcoming tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy. There are lists of ideas for things that can help assist comfort and healing once the child is home, and getting organized is helping all of us feel in control and prepared for what's to come. We are grateful for having found this book! ...more
Laura
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent guide for parents whose child will (or might) undergo tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. The author, a school psychologist, play therapist, and parent of four who has had one of her own sons experience this procedure, certainly knows what she is talking about.

This book is well organized and prepares a family to cope with these medical procedures. It comes with a useful preparation list, a bibliography for additional reading, and a caregiver’s section that can be filled out
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Michele
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having never had my tonsils or adenoids removed --just the thought of it frightens me-even as an adult! I can just imagine how terrified a young child would be. This book definitely gives great suggestions, in my opinion, how to help alleviate at least some of those fears-and not only for the child, but for the parents and siblings as well.

It gives a step by step plan on how to broach the subject gently. Of course not everyone will have the time to slowly go through all the suggestions--but as m
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Liliyana Shadowlyn
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
First, let me say despite the cover this is *not* a picture book, so if that is what you're looking for, you'll be disappointed.

I was very impressed by the book itself. It's perfect for caregivers of children about to undergo a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. Not only are the basics of the procedure covered, but a basic timeline of when to talk to your child about things is included. There is wording that is easier for the child to understand suggested, and the back of the book includes a checkl
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