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Friday, November 20, 2009

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We saw Dr. S, the ENT today for E's little ears and she will be getting tubes in on December 1.

Two days before she turns 1.

I can hardly believe it. A week ago I wouldn't have even thought this would be an option or something we needed to do or consider but after pouring over her medical chart and seeing the other ear infections circled in red and this past weekend's big one, we're at a total of five. Since July.

With winter right around the corner that number will only get higher.

Dr. S. was simply amazing. I am very, very impressed. Not only did he have great bedside manner and a way of easing and answering all my questions, he is a man of faith and repeatedly made comments about God as creator and him as his servant. If only every doctor or medical professional we ever saw had that kind of attitude.

After he checked out her ears and throat and confirmed that even after five days of Zithromax her ears are still very fluid filled he sent us to the audiologist to test E's hearing.

This was one of the neatest tests I have ever had one of the kids do and one I would have loved to tell my mom about because I know she'd have thought it was neat.

E sat on my lap in a acoustic and soundproof room. The audiologist sat outside the door and could see us through a window/mirror though we couldn't see her. She turned on various sounds at various volumes and would note E's reaction. She also would call her name and see how she would react.

After the test, Dr. S came to talk to me as the surgery for tubes was scheduled and said that E does have mild hearing loss, especially on her right hand side. E did not respond to anything quieter than 30 decibels.

However, this could be due to the infection she is just getting over and the fluid build up and could quite possibly be resolved once the tubes are in place. He was very upbeat and positive about that.

I have no reason to think that the loss is permanent and thankfully all of this is happening when she is young enough that it shouldn't affect her speech or hearing resulting in needing speech therapy.

Why she has ear issues and is so prone to ear infections is a mystery to us all? Dr. S repeatedly told me that E doesn't fall in the parameters or have the risk factors typically associated with ear problems.

But she does and hopefully she won't for much longer.


Every little thing is gonna be alright my little E. Photo credit: Jes Lee Photos.

8 Comments:

Blogger Rodman Life said...

Aw.. Poor sweety! I'm praying that everythings goes as it should! : )
And that dr. sounds great.. I too wish every dr. was like that!

November 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous S said...

Coming out of lurkdom to tell you that my oldest son (now 22 yrs eeek) had a lot of ear infections, too. We also had that audiologist test his hearing and it was at 60% hearing loss! and we wondered why he talked so loud!! lol
After the tubes, his hearing went back to normal and he is a perfectly fine young man now :)

November 20, 2009 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

ok, I don't know anything. But, my cousin who is a nurse, went to a dr. that specializes in food allergies. Before he did that, he was an ENT. HE says that ear infections are related to dairy products, and even though you are nursing, the antigens still come through your milk, and that can cause ear infections. Not that E should not get tubes, by all means, PLEASE DO! Laney got them, and after 12 ear infections and many sleepless nights, I was SO THANKFUL! But just some food for thought. Ike had colic and once I stopped all dairy, it seemed to help. I am trying to stay off dairy to see if we can avoid the ear infection thing. But we will see.... Oh and that doc said that he took his patients completely off dairy and 80 percent of them didn't end up needing tubes! Crazy huh? But, like I said, get the tubes.

November 20, 2009 at 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Jes said...

Good luck through everything! Praying that everything goes as it is supposed to. I had tubes when I was little and so have many of my little cousins. They didn't slow us down one bit! Thinking about you all!

November 21, 2009 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Samara, I'm sure the ENT explained the tubes procedure, and I'm sure that he calmed any nerves you may have had, but seriously, it is the easiest thing. They took e away, we could hear them page our ENT, and literally 7 minutes later came out to tell us it was done. Maybe a half an hour in recovery because e was upset, and home we went. He was mellow for a couple of hours and then was bouncing around the house like a typical 2 year old boy that afternoon. I assume that e's procedure will be first thing in the morning since it is a fasting procedure. Our hospital schedules them by age, youngest first because of that.

November 21, 2009 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger The Bishops said...

So sorry E has to go through this, but I'm sure it will be better in the long run! It's no run having ear infections - especially bad ones!

November 22, 2009 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger darcie said...

modern medicine is amazing - it will be so great to get the tubes and have those painful yucky ear infections a thing of the past!

xoxo

November 22, 2009 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger The Fritz Facts said...

I am over here from Kim's blog, and so glad to find another local blog!

I am so sorry for your daughter's ears. Boo had her first set of tubes at 9 months, and it made such a huge difference. Our ENT is a Dr. S too, wonder if they are the same! lol

Hope the surgery goes well, I will keep her in my prayers and your blog in my reader!

Kellyn

November 22, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

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