My son Tommy is a great kid, and autistic. When he had to have his tonsils out, Children's was the only alternative I considered, as I work as an at-home transcriptionist for Children's and know how much we really care about our patients.
My very happy and healthy 3-year-old daughter always had trouble sleeping through the night. Finally, she was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Levinson said she needed to have her tonsils and adenoids removed. Everyone I knew kept telling me that it was not a big deal, nothing to worry about. But, I kept thinking, this is my baby; it is a big deal Although I knew this was a surgery that was performed many times a day and I felt quite confident with Dr. Levinson's skills I was still very anxious and upset the day of the procedure.
When our two young daughters (4 and 5 at the time) were hit with a double-whammy tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, it unsettled our entire family. Sure, we regarded these mostly as routine procedures, but up to that point the sum of our children's medical experiences mainly included regular annual check-ups and the periodic chest cold and crud. As parents we fretted about absolutely everything.