Oh, I understand your pain. My son, who is now 5, has never been a “good” sleeper and always ended up in bed with us. He would sleep walk and have night terrors as well. In March my otherwise very healthy son (he went once a year to see the doc for a sinus infection and once for his checkup) got a Peritonsillar Abscess. From then until we took his tonsils & adenoids out 6/6 he was sick every other week, if not every week.
Having surgery was not something I was looking forward to at all, but it worked out really well. Our ENT (Dr. Dryer in Abilene – LOVE HIM) suggested at the 1st visit that Trenon’s adenoids were probably as much of a problem in a hidden sort of way as the tonsils were. He said that the adenoids were probably disturbing his sleep just enough to rouse him out of a deep sleep and to sleep walk and have the night terrors. He said that after the surgery he felt like those problems would go away. God Bless him… They did. Since 6/6, my son has gotten in bed with me twice! It was literally an every night thing before. He’s not slept walked or had any terrors either. Also, his ears used to drain wax out of them daily (gross) and they no longer do that. Also, after his tonsils became englarged, we started having behavorial issues with him because of his poor sleep quality at night – which the surgery fixed as well.
Having said all of that, I don’t know if I would have done the surgery just for those benefits. On the other hand, my husband will be the type that dies in his sleep sometime in the future from sleep apnea because his tonsils and I’m guessing adenoids are HUGE and he snores horribly bad! His mom was told several times to have them removed when he was a child, but she never did (that’s another story). I don’t think he would ever consider now it because the recovery for an adult to have it done is horrible, whereas my son had his surgery on Friday, quit taking the Rx pain meds by Sun and quit Tylenol by Wed. His recovery was EXCELLENT.
Definitely do get a second & third opinon, and maybe even wait until she is a little older to see if anything changes. I know people who go through life with huge tonsils and survive, but I know my hubby’s sleep quality (which sets how you feel) would be so much better had his mom had it done.
Best of luck to you and your little girl.