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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Party Time (and sinus CT results)
I was able to volunteer in Nolan's class today for his Thanksgiving feast - it was a lot of fun! Nolan was a Pilgrim, and the children sat down with all of their friends for some "friendship soup" (everyone brought a can of alphabet soup to cook together, with the extra cans donated to a food bank).
The little guy's ear drops have started causing agony again - he is one of those kids who has extreme pain with the application of the Ciprodex drops. I have no idea why - I thought we were going to be fine this round, but now that a lot of the fluid/infection has started to dry up, the drops are actually penetrating his tubes and reaching his middle ear space.. and causing pain. I hate to see him in that level of pain - you know it is bad when a child asks for a shot instead of a few ear drops! Unfortunately, we can never get the same doctor twice at our pediatric group, so no one has any idea about this problem. And convincing a new doc that your kid has intractable pain with the application of ear drops is impossible. The paradigm is: "patent tubes = ear drops." I have to talk to our ENT about it, because the little guy has too many infections each year to go through this every time.
Nolan is still without an ear, and unfortunately the infected ear is his "good ear." While both ears were the same on his audiogram last July, we know the right ear has been having some trouble lately - and the left ear is infected. He is coping fairly well, though he is getting none of the Ling sounds correct. He can discriminate (or figure out) whole words, though, so he's struggling along. We have been using sign language to communicate since he can't hear well with the one ear - our sign isn't very good, but at least we can ask him if he needs to go to the bathroom or clarify basic instructions that he can't hear. To top it all off, his right aid keeps getting impacted with "gunk," which causes it to quit working. His last ear infection lasted for 6 weeks, and that is a long time to go without adequate hearing. Hopefully this one will heal up faster.
Our little pilgrim's sinus CT report came back, and the nurse practitioner at our ENT's office called with the results. They show sinus disease (chronic sinus infections, likely from the reflux), so we will discuss that at our appointment on December 5. I am very glad they gave us a heads-up, because I hate getting bombarded with new information and having to make decisions on the same day. We can review the information and do some research before making any surgical or medical decisions.
Our medical insurance is changing, too, and the cost of Nolan's hearing tests will increase. The new insurance will only pay for one per year, and Nolan has been having them more often due to decreasing hearing levels. He is due for a test in January, but I am going to call our audiologist to see if we can get that bumped up to December, before the new insurance takes effect. Of course, with the chronic ear infections, it will probably be a moot point - we'll probably have to repeat the test in January, anyway. I hope and pray the ear infection(s) dry up and his tubes stay clear so that we can get an accurate reading before the end of the year.