|The first time Cate has done the "big girl" hearing test - in the booth all by herself, identifying pictures and clapping for sounds!|
If we see any decline, which so far has been every time, we push for new tubes. Maybe that seems premature but I know one thing, my girl can't learn correctly if she can't hear even for a short time. She may not get ear infections but experience shows that fluid gets trapped in those ear canals that are still using some small tubes and she starts hearing like she is under water. Maybe when she is a young adult we'll be done with this but I am assuming we'll fight with ear tubes as long as she is a child. I probably come off as very cavalier regarding ear tube surgery to the people who are around me at the time. The truth is that I can't sleep well the night before and I can't eat the morning of the surgery. I don't like sending my baby back to be put to sleep for any reason. But Cate makes it bearable with her awesome attitude and every time it has gotten a little easier. This time was a breeze - we got lucky with a 11:15 am appointment (important because she can't eat before) and she was fully occupied with the IPAD or her LeapPad from the time Ric dropped her at my office until they took us back to our room so she only asked for food once or twice and didn't fuss when I told her should couldn't. She isn't scared of the hospital and knows it is a place where people help you. She did ask a bunch of times about getting a blood test, because she did not want that. Our children's hospital is fabulous - I know how lucky we are to have them so close. This time they had a special gift for Cate that she had a very fun time testing out -
|Cate and Daisy are ready to go|
When the anesthesiologist came to visit us, I told her about calling the mask "poof poof" and Cate asked if Daisy could go first - she said no problem on both accounts. So a little while later off Cate went with Daisy, just smiling and looking around as she chatted up the nurse pushing the bed. Fifteen minutes later the doctor stopped by to say all was well and yes there was a lot of fluid behind the ear where the tube had fallen out and the other tube was blocked by "debris" so she replaced both of them. Ten more minutes and Cate rolled in saying "Mommy, Daisy went first but I did it, I was very brave". Cate wasn't happy about the IV in her hand with the stabilization board on her arm but at least this time she understood if she drank the juice box then it would come out. So she drank like a champ and as soon as it was gone started asking the nurse if she could "take this thing off". Once that was done a couple of signatures later and we were packing up. I left my office at 8:30am with a child who keep asking to turn everything up and returned home at 1:30pm with a happy child who hears great. I'll take that round trip anytime - Thank you Children's, hope we don't see you again soon!
and a little side note to gather some sympathy for not posting last week - this is what my kitchen looked like 4 weeks after demo - see the refriderator that lives on the screen porch in the window?