Nolan's Ciprodex drops were supposed to be used for seven days - unfortunately, the time period has come and gone and his ear is still infected. Last night at dinner, there was some very obvious nastiness coming out of his left ear. We went back to the pediatrician today, and the doctor decided to place him on Floxin drops for a week to see what happens. I'm not exactly thrilled, since we've "been there, done that" before and he often ends up with a very persistent ear infection. We'll go with the drops, though - maybe it will help his ear clear out. If it doesn't we see the ENT on December 5, anyway. It looks like his left ear will be without sound for a minimum of two weeks. We can't put that aid back in until the infection is entirely gone. In the meantime, he's been going without his ears after bath time to prevent moisture build-up from the earmolds. This leads to a lot of evenings where Nolan declares that our TV set is not working.
He is doing "OK" with the right hearing aid in place, at least when I am speaking. He can't even detect Dennis's speech with it. We have a lot of translation going on in our house right now, where I have to repeat everything Daddy says.
Dennis: "Nolan, you are going to the doctor today with Mommy."
Dennis: "You are going to the doctor with Mommy."
Me: Daddy said that Mommy is taking you to the doctor."
Nolan: "Oh, WHY?"
Dennis: "Because your ear is sick."
Dennis: "Your ear is sick."
I did get a call into his audiologist. She is going to try to squeeze him in for December 2, which would be great because our insurance changes on January 1. The new insurance policy only allows one hearing test per year, so we're trying to move January's scheduled test into December so we don't exhaust our "allowance" at the beginning of the year. Nolan is still on an every-six-months schedule because his hearing has never been stable over the course of a year.
In any case, it would be really nice if the ear drops would clear out the infection before his hearing test (if we manage to get in on December 2). An infection drops his hearing level by a lot, so we need his ear clear of fluid by next Friday. In the meantime, we are enjoying our Thanksgiving break. We took the kids to see The Muppets, and Nolan told me that he really likes The Muffins. We love having this time off from work, school, and other obligations - the quiet mornings and playtime with the kids are wonderful!