Sunday, April 10, 2011

These Better Help!

Last May was the beginning of the end for us. At 9 months, Logan got his first ear infection. Since last May, we have had one month, November, ear infection free. He has had 2 rounds of Amoxicillin, 2 doses of Omnicef before a head to toe rash quickly told us he was allergic, and 7 rounds of Augmentin. Honestly, Logan lived in his swing for months because the poor guy couldn't lay down!  At his 18 month appointment, we finally asked his doctor for an ENT refferal. She, of course, thought it was a good idea and sent them an email right there. Logan went to the ENT office that week and with one look in each ear, the doctor suggested ear tubes (which we kind of figured he would). We set up an appointed to have them inserted 2 weeks from the appointment, Logan failed both hearing tests, received some financial information (or course), and we left.

Fast forward 2 weeks...Logan had to be at the Surgical Center by 7:15 AM. By 8:10, we were called back into a little curtained room where we waited for a surgical room to open. While we were there, Logan got into his little hospital gown........
......unhappily watched Dora the Explorer while trying to change the channel to Elmo.....
.......and inspected every inch of the hospital bed.......

By 8:20, Logan's anesthesiologist and doctor came into our little curtained room, answered our last minute questions, and took him away. The "who are these guys and where are they taking me" look was heartbreaking! Brian and I then went back out to the waiting room and by 8:35 a nurse came out and called us back to a conference room. Logan's doctor came in a few minutes later, chatted with us about the procedure, and handed us some ear drops. Brian and I had to wait just a few more minutes and then another nurse came and took us to Logan's recovery room. Oh boy, oh boy......  What a nightmare! I hope to never see my child like that again!  He was NOT HAPPY! Oh boy, oh boy..... 

When I first went in there, he was screaming bloody murder and fighting 2 nurses who were trying to calm him down. When I got in there and sat down with him, he calmed down. 
Until he saw "Dad-da".... and then this happened....
......until I gave him to "Dad-da" and then they spent the next 10-15 like this.....
......of course Brian didn't complain a bit!!

After about 35 minutes, Tylenol, peach yogurt bites, water, and a little Jungle Junction, we were good to head home!

It took him a little while that day to get back to his running/climbing self, but so far everything has been fine! He spent a lot of time in the back yard this weekend....

....and ate us out of house and home! Here he is scarfing down pancakes in his Elmo jammies....

We have high hopes for these ear tubes!  It may be a coincidence, but since Wednesday, Logan has gone from saying "na-na" to "na-na-na" (banana). I don't know, but I am guessing it is because he can actually hear the first syllable!!  I can't wait to see how the rest of his speech develops after this!

2 comments:

sherylkenoyer said...

I am so glad that it's overwith! Whew! Praying that those little tubes do their job! Sweet baby boy!

Kate said...

Gentry had tubes put in @ 7 months. They were the BIGGEST life saver. She had them in a little over a year before they fell out on their own. And she is now almost 3.5 and has only had one ear infection since those tubes were put in almost 3 yrs ago! We could tell such a huge difference in her afterwards. And she also flipped out waking up in the recovery room. I guess its fairly common. But WOW. She's got a set of pipes and everyone in the waiting room could hear her for 30 min. The second we walked out she quite bawling and was great the rest of the day! Hope they work as well for him.