Ryanne, my 10-month old, had to get tubes in her ears this week. Even though we’ve been parents for over 5 years now, this was a totally new experience for us. Jake had a handful of ear infections but nothing that even brought mention of the word “tubes”. So having made it almost all the way through winter and the first 9 months of life with only one minor ear infection I thought we were good to go with Ryanne as well.
That was until she most recently suffered from a chronic ear infection that went on for 6 weeks and after several rounds of antibiotics, shots, etc, it just was not clearing up. You could definitely tell she was not herself (apparent by the picture taken of her head on the table during a family vacation) and I hated seeing her so miserable. So when we finally got the referral to the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor from our pediatrician I felt a slight sense of relief but also a bit of anxiety. Our visit to the ENT Dr confirmed that her ears were bad and she needed tubes as soon as possible.
Among nurses, friends, sisters, fellow moms alike, the comments were all the same. “Oh it’s such a simple procedure”, “It goes by so fast, you won’t believe it”, “It’s the best thing we ever could have done”, “Our child was a totally different person immediately following the surgery … happy, talking, etc”. Even knowing all of that, NOTHING can prepare you for that moment when the operating room nurses come and take your baby out of your arms to “go under” for even a simple surgery. That was the longest 20 minutes of waiting for the doctor to come out and tell us everything went great and then to be able to go back and see her awake, and out of the anesthesia! And now that we’re on the other side of it, I can say yes, it was a simple procedure, she’s doing great and seeing the difference in her demeanor even that same afternoon, I’m glad we did it.
I will say though, the whole process affected me in a way I couldn’t imagine it would. Even though it was such a simple, routine procedure, I found myself completely distracted and consumed by it. As a parent you want to protect your child from anything that could harm them and keep them healthy and safe. Luckily, we were in great hands and I need to give a quick shout out to Dr Blumer and all the staff at Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. They made this experience so much easier for a worry-wert parent like me!
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