Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ear Drops of Doom

Hiking in Chautauqua Gorge

I managed to get Nolan into the pediatrician on Friday evening, and his right ear is definitely infected. The nurse practitioner also weighed him and he's down to 30.5 pounds (he had been at a hefty 32 pounds a few months ago). They prescribed Ofloxacin (antibiotic) ear drops, and we went on our merry way.

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.


rouchi said...

These recurring ear infections can be torturous!!I hope he gets better soon.And hope August gets you a nice doctor free month and loads of fun!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Praying it clears right up, and that Nolan tolerates the drops. He's certainly been through a lot,


leah said...

I'm actually concerned that the C-Pap last week caused the ear infection (this doesn't bode well for using a C-Pap if that is the case).

I suppose we'll have to see what happens when he starts using it long term... it is also summer, so all that heat and humidity really packs a punch with the earmold, too. I don't think swimming is doing it, since his life jacket keeps his head above water for the most part.

Angela K. said...

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story here. My daughter who is 16 months has a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss and my son who is 4 had surgery when he was 2 1/2 for strabismus and we just recently found out that he also has amblyopia. His left eye is 20/200 without his glasses. With them they correct to 20/70. We are patching for only 2 hours right now but I am sure we will have to move up to more time. I wanted to say hi and thank you. It makes me feel better knowing that we aren't the only ones going through all of this.

leah said...

Your little one is a cutie pie! When it rains, it pours (or so it seems). Thank goodness amblyopia is correctable - your son's level of correction is pretty similar to Nolan's first tests. We may start patching in September, but we're hoping that the glasses will do the trick!