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Tympanostomy with tubes & ventilation 

That’s what my big, little mister had done! What a trooper! Here are some fun facts about these tubes, aka: grommets:

{grommets are tiny plastic tubes inserted into your child’s ear drum in a short operation}
{grommets may be recommended if your child has glue ear that won’t clear up, or frequent ear infections}
{grommets allow air into the space behind the ear drum (middle ear) which reduces the risk of fluid building up there}
{if an infection does occur, the resultant pus flows out through the grommet}

Be ready to learn more about grommets while we look at Oliver’s big day thru pictures! Because who doesn’t like pictures?

We started our day bright & early! We had to check in at the surgery center by 7am. Oliver usually wakes up between 8:30 & 9am. Needless to say, he wasn’t super thrilled about being awake & in a cold car…

Oli Am{grommets are a temporary measure and will “buy time” until hopefully your child’s eustachian tubes grow to a sufficient size to work naturally}

We arrived at the surgery center, checked in, & were taken back to the pre/post-op area. Here we had to put Oli into his hospital gown. This didn’t go over well.

IMG_3138{most grommets stay in place for about 6 – 18 months, and come out all by themselves}

After the gown drama, Oliver was introduced to Versed. He liked Versed.

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After being released from the surgery center, and surviving the longest 10 minute drive home ever, it was time to sleep! Oliver hated the after affects of the anesthesia. I don’t blame him.

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Once the nap was complete. Oliver was up & back at it! Eating chicken nuggets and HEARING! That’s right!

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Apparently our poor boy had such bad build up in his ear that he wasn’t hearing much at all. We discovered this day that Oliver didn’t recognize his own name 😦 In the 10 days since surgery, Oliver has caught onto his name (for the most part!), is using more sounds & syllables in his babble/speech, & even has said a couple words! We’ve clearly heard “thank you” “yes” “no” & “dizzy”.

After eating some food, & proving to mama and dada that he was feeling well enough, we took him over to play with his bestie, Joan. Who also happens to be our goddaughter — oh, by the way, Joe & I are honored to be this gals godparents!

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For good measure. Here’s Oliver a few days post-op showing off his belly. If you’re lucky enough to see his belly, he likes you 😉

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We had his follow up appointment today {which is why the blog post took so long!}, and everything is healing up great! We were worried that he might have an infection because he’s been rubbing those ears, but the doc thinks its just him getting used to the healing process. I’m so happy my boy is on the up & up! 🙂

Thanks for all the calls, texts, prayers, posts & check-ins over the last couple of weeks! We love our community! Couldn’t have stayed sane without you 🙂

BS1

  • grommets are tiny plastic tubes inserted into your child’s ear drum in a short operation
  • grommets may be recommended if your child has glue ear that won’t clear up, or frequent ear infections
  • grommets allow air into the space behind the ear drum (middle ear) which reduces the risk of fluid building up there
  • if an infection does occur, the resultant pus flows out through the grommet

– See more at: http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/grommets-tympanostomy-or-ventilation-tubes#sthash.UPFmIuvF.dpuf

  • grommets are tiny plastic tubes inserted into your child’s ear drum in a short operation
  • grommets may be recommended if your child has glue ear that won’t clear up, or frequent ear infections
  • grommets allow air into the space behind the ear drum (middle ear) which reduces the risk of fluid building up there
  • if an infection does occur, the resultant pus flows out through the grommet

– See more at: http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/grommets-tympanostomy-or-ventilation-tubes#sthash.UPFmIuvF.dpuf

  • grommets are tiny plastic tubes inserted into your child’s ear drum in a short operation
  • grommets may be recommended if your child has glue ear that won’t clear up, or frequent ear infections
  • grommets allow air into the space behind the ear drum (middle ear) which reduces the risk of fluid building up there
  • if an infection does occur, the resultant pus flows out through the grommet

– See more at: http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/grommets-tympanostomy-or-ventilation-tubes#sthash.UPFmIuvF.dpuf

  • grommets are tiny plastic tubes inserted into your child’s ear drum in a short operation
  • grommets may be recommended if your child has glue ear that won’t clear up, or frequent ear infections
  • grommets allow air into the space behind the ear drum (middle ear) which reduces the risk of fluid building up there
  • if an infection does occur, the resultant pus flows out through the grommet

– See more at: http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/grommets-tympanostomy-or-ventilation-tubes#sthash.UPFmIuvF.dpuf

  • grommets are tiny plastic tubes inserted into your child’s ear drum in a short operation
  • grommets may be recommended if your child has glue ear that won’t clear up, or frequent ear infections
  • grommets allow air into the space behind the ear drum (middle ear) which reduces the risk of fluid building up there
  • if an infection does occur, the resultant pus flows out through the grommet

– See more at: http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/grommets-tympanostomy-or-ventilation-tubes#sthash.UPFmIuvF.dpuf

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