You’re at your appointment (or procedure), and the medical professional hands you a couple pieces of paper that explains what has just taken place and also points out what some of the risks are. Well….on Feb 27, 2018, those few lines of risks became my daughter’s reality with her ear tubes. This blog post isn’t to scare anyone, I’m just sharing my personal experience as TwinMomMel.
The Ear Tube Journey
Some parents who are reading this may have experienced your own child (or someone you know) go through the procedure of getting ear tubes. For those that have not, ear tubes are small tubes that are placed in the ear canal that allow ventilation to prevent fluid build up and recurring infections in the ear.
After multiple ear infections, Genell received her first set of ear tubes in 2014. Unfortunately, the first set of tubes did not work as expected, so in 2015 she received a new set. This time, T-tubes were placed along with the removal of her adenoids. It’s a tough decision for parents because T-tubes are inserted for longer periods of time and also have a higher complication rate.
When you thought things were ok
On February 27, 2018, Genell had a 2-part outpatient procedure. Botox injections (click here to see that vlog), along with having her hearing tested via a BAER test. Genell had an in office audiology exam in 2017, but those results were inconclusive. More than likely due to the environment. If anyone has had (or seen) and audiology exam, I’m sure you may have felt it was a little creepy yourself. You’re in a sound booth and random noises (and objects) are triggered from different corners. Anyhoo, back to the BAER. While Genell was recovering from her surgery, I met with the ENT specialist and the audiologist. And that’s when I got the news.
“Melanie, the surgery went well, and Genell is resting in the PACU….but we need to inform you that we found some scaring behind her ear drums and also some nerve damage.”
They reminded me about those risks that you see on those pieces of paper that I had mentioned earlier in this blog post.
“Ok…so what does that mean?”
“She has some permanent hearing loss and the BAER results indicate that it’s mild to moderate.”
Coping with the news of hearing loss
Those T-tubes were removed during the procedure because Genell had a really bad infection behind the ear drum. That also is another risk of ear tubes. A 3-week round of antibiotics was prescribed and we’ll be back to the ENT and audiologist in a few weeks to find out the next steps. God has the final say in all of this, and we appreciate your prayers and words of encouragement.
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