It's funny. We went to see the ENT six weeks ago and Katie had fluid behind the ear drums at that visit.
Shortly afterward, I think the fluid FINALLY drained and she seemed to being doing much better.
I ALMOST cancelled the surgery, thinking maybe I had jumped the gun, or was putting her through something she didn't need to go through.
But, I REALLY felt like this was the right thing to do, and sure enough, when she went in from her pre-op exam yesterday, she had fluid behind the ear drums AGAIN. And I know that it really bothers her, and she still isn't sleeping well (so I am REALLY hoping this helps with the sleeping issues too!)
Anyway, it made me grateful that I was listening to the promptings I was getting and especially grateful that I DIDN'T cancel the operation, since her surgeon is REALLY GOOD, and booked for six weeks solid!
So, just for a little background:
People get tubes (also known as PEs or pressure equalizing tubes) to allow air to get into the ear space behind the eardrum. Air is needed in this space toSo really, nothing too serious. But you always worry a little whenever your children have to go through anything like this.
allow the eardrum to move. Normally the Eustachian tube at the back of the throat does this, but in many children, the Eustachian tube is immature, or temporarily not built right, preventing the air from getting into the middle ear.
If there is no air in the ear, either fluid builds up, or infections start, or both. With the buildup of fluid or infection, hearing can be affected, either temporarily or permanently. If medicines have not worked, PE tubes can prevent these problems.
The actual procedure is called a bilateral myringotomy with tubes. This just means that she is going to have a tube place in each ear.
During the procedure, Katie will be placed under general anesthesia. She must be perfectly still during the operation, so, in order to keep her still and prevent her from feeling pain during the procedure, they put her to sleep.
The surgeon will use a microscope and cut a small incision in the ear drum. The fluid behind the ear drum will then be drained.
The surgeon will then insert the tube in the ear drum. The tubes is the size of a grain of rice.
Then, it's over. The whole procedure only takes about 10 minutes.
So keep Katie in your prayers and we will give an update tomorrow.