We had Miles' appointment with the ENT yesterday. Dr. Resser was very nice. He spent a lot of time with us and told relatable experiences that he's had with his own children.
To sum up our visit, Miles does have very large tonsils. Dr. Resser believes that removing them could have positive results. However, since we don't have a clear cut reason for taking them out, such as infections or definite sleep apnea, he said it might be best to drag our feet until he gets a little older. In the meantime, he wants us to try a milk free diet to see if his tonsils will shrink at all. He didn't seem to think this would have a huge impact but given Miles' sensitivity to milk, he thought it was definitely worth trying. We also need to watch him while he's sleeping to see if he's using a lot of his upper body to breath and to see if he stops breathing at all, which indicates sleep apnea. The ball is somewhat in our court to decide if and when we want to go ahead with a tonsillectomy.
I promised Miles an ice cream cone if he was good at the appointment. Ironic that we were told to try a milk free diet and yet he ate ice cream on the way home. I guess it was the last splurge. I stopped by daycare on our way home and talked with them about his new restrictions. They are used to a few things with him, such as only almond milk and no grape juice, but this is obviously more intense. They were great and actually started today. Thankfully this isn't a serious allergy that will close his throat or anything. Darrin and I don't have dairy/milk on our new diet, so at least we don't have to go through the learning process with Miles. The hardest foods for Miles to live without will be string cheese, yogurt, and pizza. Thankfully marshmallows and Bisquick (for his pancakes made with almond milk) are milk free. I think as long as we offer him plenty of options, he'll be fine. The kid gobbled up tacos without cheese on brown rice tortillas last night, and creamy chicken tomato soup tonight. Clearly, he's not too picky.
If I had to guess, I'd say that he'll get them taken out one day. Dr. Resser said that his daughter's situation was a lot like Miles and now he looks back and feels strongly that having them removed was the right decision. Only time, and a milk free diet, will tell.