Thanks to a wonderful chiropractor we see in town, it has been well over a month since our daughter’s last year infection. There is no more pulling on the ears, no more crying and definitely no more antibiotics, which is a wonderful thing.
However, when I last updated you all, I mentioned that there was still a lot of fluid in her ears during her hearing test; during that test, the audiologist also said that she had a temporary mild hearing loss. Nonetheless, we took her on March 26th (last Tuesday) to her ENT surgeon who, after careful inspection of the ears, agreed with the audiologist; she does have a large amount of fluid in her ears because they are not draining the way they should be. After hemming and hawing and going back and forth with both my husband and the surgeon, we all made a team decision to schedule tube surgery. After signing the pre-op paperwork, I quickly put on my sunglasses to hide the tears of failure. Then I realized, “Wait a minute, why do I think I’ve failed? I’ve done something most people would not be able to do! I spent the last month going to the chiropractor’s and doctor’s offices at least 3-4 times a week, my choice!”
Also, like many parents, I tried my hardest to prevent recurring ear infections. This actually worked, but just because her ears still won’t properly drain, how is that my fault? It’s more like an unfortunate situation due to having small, immature Eustachian tubes. Once I reminded myself of this, I took the sunglasses off, wiped the tears from my eyes and said to my husband, “We are ready for surgery and are ready for our daughter to hear normally once again.” I attempted to fist-pump him, but I missed and looked like a fool, oh well!
Surgery is scheduled for May 1, 2013 at CT Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). The surgery is expected to take only about ten minutes and she should resume her normal eleven-month-old characteristics as soon as we get home.
All in all, this experience has been quite informative yet stressful at the same time. It has shown me patience, understanding and to always trust my motherly instinct.
After her surgery I will be writing a post about the days leading up to it. Until then, you have a few weeks’ break from my next post about ears. I am actually looking forward to not talking about it for a few weeks.
For more information on ear tube surgery, please visit this website: http://www.medicinenet.com/ear_tubes/article.htm. I felt it to be very informative and easy to understand.