On Friday, October 21, my eldest son, Henry, had his tonsils and adenoids removed at Unity Point/Trinity Muscatine, and I was a nervous wreck about it. My wife and I made the decision to move forward with the operation after Henry had been diagnosed with strep throat several times. No one likes watching their kids get sick multiple times a year, especially when that kid refuses (for the most part) to take medication. So what do you do? You talk to your doctors and eventually they refer you to the ENT (ear, nose, and throat) department.

If you’re like us and have young children or grandchildren who could benefit from having tubes in their ears or tonsils removed, I can highly recommend doing it here in Muscatine. Dr. Doug Dawson is just wonderful to work with. He’s highly skilled, friendly, and has taken the time with us (and all his patients) to explain thoroughly what your options are, benefits to having procedures done, and more. This is by no means a paid endorsement, just one father sharing his personal experiences with you.

And as I stated earlier, I don’t do well watching my kids go through things like this, but I have to. I would take their place in a second if I could, and perhaps that is why I struggle so much watching them be in pain, even when the eventual outcome will be a positive one. Another chapter in the book of parenting that we write every day, raising children. Henry is doing much better a few weeks post-op, and I know the long-term benefits will be well worth a few days of discomfort and making sure he was drinking enough. I’m just fortunate that our community here in Muscatine has the resources to take care of the ones I love most.