Saturday, February 14, 2009

Great...

Nolan's been sounding more like a seal than a boy lately, and was having whistling while breathing. I took him into the pediatrician this morning (gotta love doctors that have Saturday hours) and found out the whistling is called "stridor" and the barking cough is due to croup. That's the good news.

She checked his ears and said, "oh, great! I see his tube has come out" in a very chipper voice. This doctor is not his regular pediatrician and has no clue about his permanent hearing loss or his history of fluid. The tubes are apparently sitting in his ear canals and should fall completely out shortly.

Here we are, two months after the second set of tubes were put in, and both are already out. We don't see the ENT again until May, so hopefully we won't have any ear infections or fluid issues in the next few months. If he needs a third set of tubes, the adenoids come out at the same time. We were really hoping this set would last a tad longer! He's also only 20 pounds, 3 ounces, which means he's fallen a little further off the growth charts with regard to weight.

We see the audiologist on February 24 for Matt's just-to-make-sure hearing test and new earmold impressions. I'm going to have her take a look to see where those tubes are, just to make sure they really are out.

11 comments:

AimeeTheSuperMom said...

Gotta' love all those tubes. The Beast is currently on his fifth set. Things did get MUCH better for him once the adenoids came out, though. Hope Nolan gets feeling better soon. I hate this time of year for little ones.

tammy said...

Oh Leah! You all sure have had one helluva winter with illness! My nephew went through three or four sets of tubes until they finally said lets take the adenoids too ... and it all got much better after. But I know how hard it is to see your child go through it all! Here's hoping for three months of no fluid or ear infections and to a speedy recovery from the croup!

Julie said...

Oh good grief! Praying for healthy boys...

Julie

Mandie said...

What a nightmare! Poor kid! Poor MOM!

Pattie Bolek said...

Oh, Leah! Poor guy and tube problems galore!

SO are adenoids the next step? With new tubes?

Hope you guys are hanging in there. I hope spring comes early for you.

Hang in there and take care.....

leah said...

Aimee and Tammy, thanks for the info about The Beast getting a lot better after the adenoidectomy. The thought of surgery (more than just mere tubes) worries me, even though I know it is a routine procedure! Hopefully we can avoid it, but I have a feeling we won't be able to.

Julie, your prayers are appreciated as always! Maybe we'll escape cold and flu season before our next hearing test and/or visit to the ENT.

Mandie- that ear thingymabobber you blogged about is way cool! I'm off to get one!

Patty- glad you started a blog! You are going to be an IEP expert soon, lol. We're still not sure if Matt is apraxic or not- the kid is still missing a lot of consonants. Oy! Having Kaitlyn's speech issues to refer to has been a big help (not to mention all the speech websites you had)!

Hetha said...

Oh man! 2 months!!
We just saw Ethan's ENT this am and have new tubes being placed on March 11th. His last set stayed in for nearly a year. I can't believe 2 months!! I hope that doc was wrong Leah.

Val said...

so are the tubes blocking sound in anyway? Sounds to me like if they are crooked, they need to be removed asap so sound can pass easier....but maybe the sound can still pass thru hopefully.

leah said...

Val, I have no idea! We have an appointment with the audi on Tuesday for Matt's hearing test, and for some new earmolds. I'm going to have the audi take a look and see what she thinks. He's crying when I put the right aid in right now, so I think something's up with that ear. His hearing levels seems to be about the same, but it's hard to tell with kids with moderate losses (10-20 dB worth of loss isn't real obvious with him sometimes)!

Wright Family said...

I know what you mean.. its Ashley by the way.. I loved looking threw your blog. You have alot of the same trials i went threw with buddy i would love to keep in touch and give you any adivce as it looks like im stepping back into the boat now though. After 4 years you would think we would be able to know what he cna and cant hear. We went to the ent Buddy's tubes were just sitting there with ear wax so he cleaned them out but he had them put in when he was 1 years old they have been in his ears. Crazy they haven't fallen out or anything. But, they gave them to us. Wow they are tiny. Well good luck with your apt with the audiolgist. We take our guy to the deaf school for all his test and molds. The molds are at cost and test are free.. Are you signing to him or just trying to get him to talk?

Keep in touch. Ashley

leah said...

Hi Ashley! We're doing both with Nolan- he speaks really well and also has quite a few signs. He seems to have a knack for language! I'd say he's definitely an oral kiddo, though- he prefers to speak a word if it is in his vocabulary.

We were able to get early intervention to cover Nolan's earmolds and batteries, but that will stop once he enters the school district (at age three). Hopefully his ears won't grow as fast then! Haha.