Warning: some graphic content. If you can’t handle surgery photos, don’t look. You’ve been warned.
I’m still awake, but I shouldn’t be. We have to be up very early tomorrow morning; we have to be out the door no later than 5:30 am.
For the past few months, little man has been having ear infection after ear infection. Since mid-February, he has rarely been without one. Poor babyman has been on antibiotics more often than not, and for the past 7 weeks or so, has only been off of them for 5 days. We’re ready. Tomorrow morning, he will have tubes put into his ears. This will (hopefully) allow his ears to dry out, so that he no longer has the infections.
The tube itself is teensy.
(photo credit: http://entdoc-crc.com/FAQs.htm)
That is literally a tube sitting on a penny. It’s really that small.
So tomorrow morning, we’ll get to the hospital bright and early. We’ll go up to the outpatient same-day surgery area, and then they’ll prep him. We’ll have time to ask questions, and then they’ll put him under general anesthesia. You’d think I’d be terrified, but I’m only a bit nervous. I know he’ll be fine, I’m just not looking forward to holding him as he falls asleep; I just don’t want it to be anyone other than me. I couldn’t stand not being there for that part. If they let me, I’d stay in there for the whole thing, but, well, they won’t.
Once he’s under, they’ll make a small incision in his ear drum, and insert the tube in the area. They’ll drain the huge amounts of fluid that just don’t want to clear up on their own, which I’m thrilled about. And then, voilà! He will be able to hear well again, and he will (hopefully) not get any more ear infections.
Essentially, this is the issue; it’s why he keeps getting ear infections:
(photo credit: http://earpopper.com/blog/an-ear-tube-named-eustachian)
What the whole thing looks like, side-view:
(photo credit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM02073)
And here is what it looks like, with the tube in the ear:
All in all, I’m looking forward to getting it done. He had a slight fever earlier today, which is usually a good indication that he has another ear infection brewing. Here’s hoping we can get it taken care of before it becomes an issue.
Wish us luck. It’ll be over and done quite early.