Please Explain Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy to Me

Please Explain Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy to Me

by Laurie Zelinger, Perry Zelinger

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BN ID: 2940161406984
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Publication date: 12/08/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Laurie Zelinger, a Board Certified Psychologist, was born and raised in New York, and is a successful product of the New York City public school system. She earned her Master’s degree and Professional Diploma from Queens College over 40 years ago and later went on to earn a Doc¬toral degree from Hofstra University. Dr. Laurie has held elected positions on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association for Play Therapy, and at the national level, she served on the prestigious American Board of Professional Psychology for two years. Her interest in children dates back to her days as a babysitter and became the foundation of her later pursuit of school psychology and play therapy. During the course of her professional career, Dr. Laurie Zelinger and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred Zelinger, raised four sons. As parents, they learned firsthand the difference between reading about children and living with them.
This book represents the author’s actual experience with her son Jordan’s tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, as well as her hope that others will benefit from this information. Her concept of preparing a child for surgery is based upon the premise that information and preparation will reduce anxiety and help families to better manage the experience. The suggested time lines may also be used as a guide for children undergoing other hospital procedures.
Dr. Laurie’s ongoing devotion to children continues beyond her retirement as a school psycholo¬gist in the public school system, as she is now in full time private practice as a child psychologist and credentialed play therapist. She works and lives on Long Island, New York with her husband, Fred.


Dr. Perry Zelinger, the youngest of the Zelinger sons, is completing his Medical Residency in the Rusk Rehabilitation/ NYU Langone Health System. When time permits he enjoys an active lifestyle that includes soccer, surfing, bicycling and trivia games. Perry and his wife live with their two rescue dogs in Manhattan, New York.

We wish you a fast and easy recovery! Keep drinking fluids!
Dr. Laurie Zelinger and Dr. Perry Zelinger

Visit me at www.DrZelinger.com

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Please Explain Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy to Me 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
hpgirl2008 4 days ago
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, kids are terrified of going into a surgery and even more terrified when they come out and are in pain. This book gives every explanation for parents about reasons for needing a tonsillectomy such as of course tonsillitis, but also because there may be obstructed airways or snoring - things that may NOT require surgery to fix. So it's not just a book to help you talk to your kids, it's also a great book to keep around for the extra information. It speaks about ENT doctors, Otolaryngologists and much more. I also love that it gives you the time frame in which you have to talk to your child about the surgery. Starting with about 1 month before surgery all the way up to going into the doctor for the surgery. It even gives parents dialogue to use to help their child better understand what the tonsils are and what will happen. We all know that our children would be scared of something like this. My daughter is now 12 and she has luckily NOT had these problems yet like I did. My younger brother never had them either, just me. I also however was the one who got the asthma and allergies, so that is also a factor in needing your tonsils removed. Perhaps the best part of the book is the "Ultimate Preparation List" - which gives parents a full list of everything they will need for this experience - starting with clearance letters, medical insurance info and pre-approval, things that will be needed before and after the surgery. One thing I love about this is that they suggest getting the game "Operation", which is one that I played so often as a child but have never gotten one for my daughter. Of course if you were one kid who played Operation, you might remember that you get to take out all of the body parts and it helps teach children how to identify parts of the body as well :) Overall this is a great book for parents, I would HIGHLY recommend picking up a copy and reading it - and I plan on getting the other books as well because I think the anxiety and terrorism books would be priceless for me! ***I received a free book to read***
lifeasleels 12 days ago
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 start if my children needed to go through it. Fortunately for me, Please Explain Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy to Me provides easy to understand terminology and vocabulary so that not only can I understand it, but I could better explain to my children (or a child). The author does an amazing job sharing their knowledge so that we can understand and process the information so that we can share with children. I have found these “Please Explain” books to be a great help in assisting with those tricky topics that children tend to inquire about!
MikiHope 13 days ago
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 many as you can do--do!! The illustrations are easy to view and won't scare a child. The suggestion to play Operation and to read books on the subject to ease the child into somewhat acceptance makes sense. If you or someone you know has a child that will need their tonsils and/or adenoids removed--I suggest that you read this!
ebookaddictsuk 17 days ago
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 the day of the surgery. There is also a preparation list and possible complications that can arise from the surgery towards the ends. This is a much more parental book as opposed to the other, with lots of medical terminology, but there are child friendly explanations throughout to help guide you. I would suggest you read through it first, then tackle the subject with your child. Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy aren't as common here in the UK as they used to be, but this will definitely be a handy book for me to have in case the need ever arises with any of my kids.
DBergs 19 days ago
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. A gentle reminder to have the conversation behind closed doors and to show the child a united front are key to reassuring a child. From start to finish this book walks families through the procedure and I cannot wait to read more from these authors.