Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ENT Appointment (Or, Finally: A Routine Appointment)

I am so thankful our trips to Buffalo have decreased this winter: spending less time in the car and more time doing our regular routine has been absolutely wonderful. We did have to pop in to the ENT for a quick (routine) check yesterday. For the first time ever, it was an entirely painless and procedure-free visit.

Despite having influenza recently, Nolan's nose and ears looked pretty good. No excessive wax, no infection, no congestion. Did I ever mention how much I love those "permanent" T-tubes? I love them. Love, love, love them. This is the longest he's ever gone without an ear infection, and these tubes are much less likely to fall out.

His breathing sounded pretty good to the doc, so there was no need to scope his upper airways to check on the laryngomalacia. We'll see what his sleep study on May 3 shows: if apnea is still present, we'll probably have to do another scope to see if the reflux is causing an inflammation of the tissue around his voice box. Until then, however, we're free to go about our daily business with no worries.

I'm not all that optimistic about the sleep study, primarily because I have heard some stridor and Nolan still doesn't sleep through the night. Not even close: he wakes multiple times to climb back into our bed. It is possible that is a habitual behavior, though, so we'll see what the sleep study shows.

She did increase his Nexium dosage to 20mg, twice per day. His reflux is barely controlled on the 10mg (2x per day) and Zantac, so we want to head off any increasing reflux before the sleep study. She faxed in the scripts for the medication, and we were free to leave. Nolan was over the moon that there were no "tubies" involved. So was I.

The one interesting thing I noticed while going through his medical binder was that his vision screening packet actually does include the data regarding his vision results. It is interesting for several reasons (nearsighted in one eye, farsighted in the other eye), but I'll write about that in a different post. His ophthalmologist appointment is only one week from Friday, so we'll find out if the screening machine was accurate.


Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

What a blessing to have something be routine! I'm so happy for you guys!

Lucas'Mommy said...

So glad that you had an easy, routine appointment! yay! You need a break!

xraevision said...

Ha ha, I cringed when I glanced at your title and read "ENT Appointment" and then quickly breathed a sigh of relief when I finished. It's great to have a regular old, no ouchies appointment with a specialist so that our kids understand that it's not always traumatic! I'm really happy to hear that Nolan's surgery has made some difference.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh hurray! for a good visit and that he's feeling so much better :D


Julia said...

Good news! And good luck with the vision test and sleep study. I need to get caught up on everyone's blogs -- it's been so busy here that I got behind.

leah said...

I feel you on the "busy." With a new puppy, catching up on therapy after the influenza, and getting ducks in a row for kindergarten (Matt), life has been crazy here! I'm behind on posting AND reading!