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Saved 4/14/07 to Wynter's nook

Could I have some good thoughts for Brandon (and maybe me too)?


Hmm..where to start. Brandon had an ENT appointment this morning, because of a recommendation for our pedi (and my asking for it). His nostrils are completely blocked, his adenoids are huge (even by adult standards), his tonsils are almost at the center - where his uvula (the hangie ball thing) is. He has so much fluid blocked that it has completely filled his nasal cavaties, and its starting to close up his throat! That's why he's been having so much trouble breathing lately - it's affecting his speech right now too (sounds garbaled)...

Oh, and apparently he's had fluid built-up in his ear for a really long time. It's not an infection, but it's causing his ear to look opaque instead of clear on the inside. I even got to see his inner ear via the ENT's microscope and even *I* noticed the difference between the right and the left ears. He said that by using the eye scope, it's very subtle, and he almost missed it himself. Luckily, he double checked it under the microscope. Because of this, the ENT said he has at least 50% hearing loss in his right ear (not permenant but due to the fluids).

He said his main concern was his ear, but everything else is really bad too. I feel awful...

Oh yeah...he's getting ear tubes put in too - which is weird to me when he's only had one ear infection in his entire life. It's to remove the fluid that is currently in his ear though.

The surgery is going to be soon, and I'm SO unprepared and worried about this. I knew it was heading toward this, but now that it's close, I'm starting to panic. Other than when they were newborns and in NICU, I haven't had to deal with my children in the hospital or even sick too much. I don't really know anyone who has been through it either (other than hubby over 20 years ago and he doesn't remember anything). I guess I just need some reassurance that it's as simple and easy as the ENT said. It's a outpatient procedure, so I'm already worried about him coming home the same day too! lol I guess I'll just be a mess the until he's completely well if this keeps up.

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Jinx Jinx 7 years 21 weeks
My thoughts are with you wynter. I know its scary having a child operated on. Tonsils, adnoids and ear tubes in children are routine operations. I've had tonsils and adnoids out, and I've never heard any horror stories. All the Best! ------------------------------------------------------ "All my life, I wanted to be someone, I guess I should have been more specific." Jane Wagner
crispet1 crispet1 7 years 21 weeks
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. Please know that this is an extremely common procedure. I have known many people who had this done as a child and they are 100% fine in their adulthood (and were fine as children as well).
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 7 years 22 weeks
awwww poor sweet Brandon! I'll have him and you in my prayers Winty :hug: _________________________________________ * bad hair day *
wynter wynter 7 years 22 weeks
Thanks everyone. Brandon has an extremely high pain tolerance so I think he'll be okay afterwards. The ENT said it was really simple, which I know it is, but it's different when my baby is involved. I can't help but worry, lol. I do know that he will be much better off, and if we don't do something now, the fluid may cause damage in his ear. Besides that, his breathing is so rough that he's constantly wheezing. I thought he was developing asthma. The drooling is an issue we've been dealing with for the past 4 years, and I will be so glad when he isn't doing it anymore too. He was a preemie, and some of the meds he was on destroyed the enamel on his baby teeth, so he's having dental surgery done at the same time. Although the ENT portion will only take 30 mins or so and the dental portion will take a couple of hours, I'm much more worried over the ENT part. Oh well, I don't have much of a choice, and I'm sure we'll all love the improvements once it's done.
karmasabitch karmasabitch 7 years 22 weeks
Lots of good thoughts and prayers coming your way Wynter :HUG: He's going to be OK!! It's scary going to the hospital but you guys will be there to support him and explain that everything will be fine.. it'll be over before you all know it! :HUG:
la_clique la_clique 7 years 22 weeks
Oh, I'm sure you will all be fine, they do these surgeries lots so they know what they are doing. Happy thoughts your way....oooooooooooommmmmmmmmm.
emmad18 emmad18 7 years 22 weeks
best of luck and i hope he gets well soon xxx
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 7 years 22 weeks
awe wynter im sure everythign will go smoothly. it sounds pretty simple from reading the other posts i will keep ya all in my prayers. on another note all together what is with the stinky mcblinky avis.. lol im lovin them
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 22 weeks
:hug: You're one tough mama, Wynter. We'll be thinking about you guys!! :hug:
audreystar audreystar 7 years 22 weeks
awww wynter i feel for you sweetie cuz i know how it feels to worry about your kids when they go in for surgery. so let me see...... my oldest had to be put under a little anesthesia for earwax removal. it was so bad they couldn't get it out in the office and had to put him under to get it out. i think he has REALLY narrow ear canals and the earwax has a hard time working itself out. he also has allergies and earches quite a bit. he did fine through the procedure but threw up once after and that is quite normal so don't be alarmed if he does that wynter. my youngest actually had to go in for surgery for birthmark removal on his leg that was quite large and had a chance of bleeding out if he fell and cut it. so before he started kindergarten we made the decision to have it removed. this was outpatient too. he did not deal well with the anesthesia at all. but i also think they gave him morphine afterwards which i think contributed to his being sick. it took him a whole day and 1/2 to stop throwing up. it was so pitiful. so i guess make sure they don't give brandon morphine. although i doubt they would for this simple of a procedure because he shouldn't experience too much pain. when i was little i had my tonsils and adenoids removed and they were gonna put tubes in my ears but instead they slit my eardrums to remove the pressure. after a few months they healed over with scar tissue and i was fine. but i was in the hospital for a day after that. but that 23 years ago. i am sure brandon will be fine but it is totally normal to worry. :hugs:
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 7 years 22 weeks
Awwww, I'm sure everything will be a-ok Wynter, but I will def be thinking about ya'll during this time :D
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 7 years 22 weeks
I had my adenoids removed and tubes when I was tiny. All I remember is waking up really early and having to get in the car. I'll be hoping all goes well and is painless for you both :)
LaylaCams LaylaCams 7 years 22 weeks
You guys will definitely be in my thoughts.
JennaV JennaV 7 years 22 weeks
Good thoughts coming your way from me. :hug:
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years 22 weeks
Surgery is no fun, but he won't remember a thing. He'll be fine. Is he having his tonsils out too?
LisaK LisaK 7 years 22 weeks
Brayden had tubes put in when he was 1 and he was out of there in less than 30 minutes from the time they took him until they let us see him. It was a very simple procedure. They told us they would fall out in about a year, but they stayed in until he was over 3. Always makes me wonder if that was why his speech was delayed. I was told no, but I think they were wrong on that. Ethan when he was 9 had sinus surgery with adenoid removal. He too had really large adenoids. He also had clogged turbinates and the sinus cavity in his cheek had built up a cyst in it. So if he has to have sinus surgery, just let me know and I will do my best to reassure you on that one too. I do think it is harder on us as parents. The hospital should do a lot to ease his fears. Brayden was too young, but with Ethan he got a tour of where he would be and they let him pick out his anesthesia flavor/smell. I will definitely keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
TNgirl TNgirl 7 years 22 weeks
I will keep you and Brandon in my thoughts and prayers Wynter. :hug: Be sure to keep us updated on his progress and recovery when you get a chance.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years 22 weeks
My boyfriend had this done when he was a kid... he said it was very simple. Anyway, you guys will be in my thoughs. Hang in there. :hug:
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years 22 weeks
i have friends who's children have had tubes put in and it was a simple procedure. harder on mommy than the boys :) good thing the doctor found the ear issue now, there's a child in my middle daughter's class that didn't have this done until it affected her speech. the infections can make it sound like you are trying to hear under water, so the children start to make they sounds the way they hear them. we will be thinking good thoughts for you guys.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 7 years 22 weeks
:halo: I'll ask an angel to keep near you all! :hug: