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- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Ear Drops of Doom
I dread ear infections. The pain of the infection never seems to bother Nolan much. We don't even know he has an infection until we see blood and "goop" pouring out of his ear. The most horrible part of his ear infections is the treatment: the dreaded ear drops.
I know, I know. Ear drops don't sound all that bad. Especially compared to the other things Nolan has been through. For Nolan, however, ear drops are equated to some form of medieval torture. We have to pin him down when we add them to his ear, then rock him as he screams for the next 20 minutes. The medication hurts when it goes through the tube into the middle ear. Then there is the dripping feeling of the medication sliding back out of the ear, which Nolan cannot stand.
The good news is that his T-tubes are still firmly ensconced in his eardrum. With the standard ventilation tubes, this infection would have pushed the tube out and we would have been headed back into surgery to replace a tube. The T-tubes are much sturdier, and have withstood the infection process.
We only have to do the drops for seven days, so hopefully the time will pass quickly. Also, I hope we don't get a repeat of last year's eight-week-long ear infection drama.
Our August is currently (mostly) doctor-free. I would really like to keep it that way.