Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ENT Visit

With my fantastic persuasion skills (har-dee-har-har), yesterday evening I convinced the ENT office who was "completely booked" to schedule an appointment to see Callum this afternoon.

I'm glad I did - he has another ear infection :(  but worse than that, the hearing tests they ran show he has minor hearing loss!  Ugh.  The hearing loss is very likely due to the fluid in his ears and regular ear infections.  The doctor thinks it's reversible but we do need to take steps to treat him soon (especially since the risk of permanent hearing loss increases as we allow the infections to linger).

There are essentially two options - medically treat with anti-biotics or surgically insert ear tubes.  Since we've been treating with anti-biotics for a few months now, with no great success, moving to tubes is the logical next step.

I had the doctor's office fax Callum's test results and paperwork over to Jon's dad Nolan (who luckily, happens to be an ENT too!) to review tomorrow morning.  But in the meantime, I also booked Callum's surgery.

The surgery center happened to have an opening (early) this Friday morning, so I took it!  His surgery is scheduled for 7:30am, which means we have to check in at the hospital at 5:30am.  FIVE THIRTY.  They schedule the little ones super early because patients have to fast prior to the surgery.  Poor Callum can't eat anything the 6 hours prior to his surgery time, which is going to make the middle of the night wake up call tomorrow night, when he is used to having a bottle to fall back to sleep, verrrrry difficult.

Also, as it turns out, Jon's sister Catherine was planning on visiting and spending the night with us Thursday - which works out great since she'll be around to hang out with Logan in the morning while Jon and I are at the hospital.  Phew.

We'll let you know how it goes - wish us luck!

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