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.