Carson had his follow-up in ENT yesterday to follow-up on the recent ear infection in his left ear that occurred one week after his tube fell out. He had been on antibiotics and finally completed them for the 14 day course. For those of you who don’t know the vicious cycle of an ear infection and the CYCLES of ear infections my little boy has had since he was four months old…. It goes something like this:
Child begins having trouble falling/staying asleep
Child fevers (Carson stopped this symptom at 6 months old)
Child pulls at ear due to the pain
Ear drum ruptures (if symptoms not recognized quickly enough) OR child is brought to Clinic to see Dr.
Child started on antibiotics for 10 days.
Child begins to feel better.
Three days into the antibiotics the child gets a yeast infection because all the good bacteria are killed in the diaper region. Diaper rash usually gets out of control if child is not started on Acidophilus and pumped full of yogurt!
Child begins to feel better yet again.
Antibiotic course is completed. Child comes BACK to the clinic to be followed up on 7-10 days following the course of antibiotics at which time…. the doctor notes “That there is some fluid behind his ear drum… If he starts becoming symptomatic, bring the child in to see us.”
Two days following the doctor’s appointment, the child begins having trouble falling/staying asleep.
Child pulls at ear due to pain, etc… etc…. etc.. on and on and on and on.
This was Carson’s first year of life. The entire cycle takes 4-5 weeks…..There has not been one hiatus…. It has been consistent and exhausting. My poor child has been to the doctor more times than I would like to count. My child also has a difficult time enunciating his words and articulating sounds with his mouth. He is scheduled to see a speech pathologist later next month. I am hoping she can give us some pointers on helping him with his words and strengthening his verbal interactions.
I am tired of seeing my child tug at his ears. (And the other one picking his nose—HA!)
I want my son to sleep well every night for the rest of his life.
I want to stop bringing him to the clinic unless they are well-check visits.
Ear tube placement will take place next week and I hope and pray that this is the END of ALL ear infections for my child.