The surgery went well and we are surviving the recovery. In fact, Ethan doesn't seem to have any lingering soreness at all from having his adnoids removed. He can only eat soft foods for 2 weeks, which is more difficult than it might seem since the boy loves his Cheerios and crackers.
The worst part of the whole thing is a rather odd side effect that the doctor warned us about. Apparently, something about having adnoids removed makes a person's breath horrendous for a couple of weeks. For 2 days, his breath was fine and we figured the doctor must have been wrong. Then. It started as just an unpleasant odor. Now, the child coats the entire room with this hideous scent. It is AWFUL. I cannot imagine why this happens! Nor can I imagine how we're going to make it through the next few days until it goes away. Ugh!