Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jack's Tubes, round 2

Jack, for as long as I can remember, has had ear infections.  They have always been chronic and frustrating.  He's had them so much that he even stopped complaining if his ears hurt.  He would just act really grouchy and finally it would dawn on us that it was another ear infection.  Jack had his first round of tubes put in when he was 18 months old.  They helped tremendously.  They fell out last November on our trip to Portland.  A few days after they fell out while on our trip, Jack got an ear infection and the whole chronic cycle started again.  This summer, we worked with our pediatrician to try different allergy medicines to try and stop the drainage and control the ear infections to no avail.  Finally in August, our doctor sent us to the House Ear Clinic in L.A.  The doctor recommended tubes and possibly an adenoidectomy.  We decided to go back to Dr. Zerlin for our surgery so we wouldn't have to travel out of town and have to stay in a hotel.  We also decided to have the adenoidectomy.  Jack felt so bad all summer and all through September he was miserable.  We read through the literature about the side effects and what to watch for with the surgeries and I was a little worried about how he would feel and how long it would take to recover since it wasn't just tubes.  

Jack was a trooper for his surgery.

He cried a little when he came out of anesthesia, but once he figured out where he was, he was so happy.  He was even asking to eat on the way home from the surgery!  We weren't supposed to let him have anything except soft, cold, foods, but he was begging for chicken nuggets (we made him wait).  He has felt great ever since having his surgery and I never noticed what a snorty little sleeper he was, but since he had the adenoidectomy, he is so quiet when he sleeps.  I'm so glad he feels better!

And this is just because he's so cute when he sleeps.

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