The left ear has a patent tube and looks great- no fluid, no wax, no infection.She took a look in Nolan's ear and confirmed the right PE tube was out, and that there was a lot of wax in that ear. She did a tympanogram on the right ear and the eardrum is a little stiff. After further investigation, the stiffness is not caused by fluid. I'm guessing the bad infection/perforation and two sets of PE tubes may have caused some scar tissue- hopefully the "stiffness" isn't enough to affect the hearing in that ear. Still, I'm thrilled because no fluid means no third tube and no adenoidectomy.
I did mention the possible PUV's and scheduled cystoscopy to the doctor and nurse, and that I was still concerned about his lack of appreciable weight gain. She entered the information into her computer and did the usual "mm-hmm" response.
Then she went to clean out his right ear (this involves a papoose board and all sorts of unpleasant metal funnels in the ear). After doing this, she checked his records again and saw that the ENT office hasn't taken an official weight since October 2007. She told the nurse to get a weight on him, then set us up for a 4 month appointment.
The nurse took his weight, furrowed her brows, then sent us back to the exam room. The ENT came back in, took one look at his growth chart, then proceeded to freak out. In a very professional, medical manner, of course. Apparently, seeing a drop from the 60th% to the 3rd% line makes more of an impact than the mom telling the doctor that he's only 21 pounds at 21 months of age.
A yummy cookie. If only he'd actually eat the whole thing!
After asking us if the pediatrician had started up a fail-to-thrive evaluation (um, nope!) and having me fill out another symptomology sheet, she set us up for a feeding evaluation at children's and a scintiscan to check for gastric reflux. Apparently, pulling food out of your mouth, refusing food after the first two bites, spitting up occasionally at the age of 21 months, and being very texture sensitive are indicative of a feeding disorder.
They're sort of treating it as an emergency and have us in for the feeding evaluation on Tuesday. There is a part of me that finds this rather ironic- he's been technically in the "failure to thrive" camp for EIGHT months. I have mentioned the weight issues like, um, Every. Single. Time.
The ENT is a tad concerned that this bizarre constellation of symptoms might be indicative of a syndrome. We've been there, done that before. It's more likely just a bizarre constellation of symptoms. .
For now, we have a bazillion appointments at Children's for the reflux evaluation, feeding evaluation, and cystoscopy. Hopefully it is just reflux and a little Zantac will help him put on the weight.