Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tubes are in

We took Liam in on Monday to get his tubes, and we're so glad to have that done and over with.  Hopefully the little guy can finally get some relief, for the first time in 4 months since all of this started.  I was confident that we had made the right decision to get them going into the surgery, and this was reaffirmed for me when the doctor came out after placing the tubes and told us that he had yet another infection in there (that we weren't even aware of...we had just had him at the pediatrician last Wednesday & his ears had fluid at that time, but no sometime between Wednesday and Monday morning, they became infected yet again). 

The hardest part of the day was definitely the whole not eating thing!  I was able to nurse him at 6am, but then his surgery wasn't scheduled until 11:45am.  Considering the fact that in that time span he would normally eat breakfast, have a bottle and probably start to eat lunch, the poor kid was NOT happy with this arrangement!  But, once the time came, he went back with the nurse with no problem, and didn't seem to be bothered coming out of anesthesia. 

Ear infections are definitely one of those things that I don't think you fully understand just how bad it can be when it's a chronic problem, until you're the parent of a kid who's going through it.  Jake has had one ear infection, and we didn't even know he had it (we were at the doctor for a well visit and he discovered it...he wasn't running a fever from it, wasn't cranky, didn't even seem to be bothered by it).  Liam, on the other hand, has always run a fever, pulled on his ears, lost sleep, was less interested in eating, etc....everything.  And I certainly always felt sympathy toward kids who had constant ear infections, but it wasn't until we were thrown in the mix of that group that I could fully understand just how hard it is to deal with!! 

So we're hopeful that this will help him out, and that the hearing loss he showed at his last exam will correct itself when we got for our follow up next month. 

"That's what I have to say to you, ear infections!"

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