I took the kids to the ENT for their follow up visits yesterday. Bryce was going for his normal 4 month follow up, and Rylie was supposed to have a hearing test and then be released from the ENT’s care. The key word there is supposed.
I want to go a little off topic for a second and just give kudos to all the stay at home moms out there. I don’t know how you ladies do it sometimes. My little stinkers had me so frazzled by the time we left that doctor’s office! I feel like if I stayed home with them I would sound like some kind of parrot repeating the words “Stop It!” and “No!” all day. They weren’t really BAD by any means. They were just being kids. But when you’re trying to get one to go through a hearing test and the other one is making more noise than a steel drum band, or you’re trying to schedule surgery and find out all of the important information you need to know and one is getting his head stuck in between two chairs while the other one climbs around like a monkey, it is hard to just let them “be kids”. Clearly I need some practice taking them out by myself…which is something I don’t do too often. And now I am reminded why. Please tell me it will get easier!
So anyway, Rylie had to have a hearing test. As long as the results were good and her ears looked good, she was going to be released from that office. Before her hearing test the audiologist put these little electrode things in her ears and we saw an issue right away. It showed that there was fluid in her right ear, which made sense because she had been complaining about her ear hurting. Needless to say, she didn’t pass her hearing test. She was having some trouble hearing out of that right ear. So we watch and wait. She will go back in about two months for a re-check.
I have to say that I was so proud of her during the hearing test. Because Bryce was in the booth with us, the audiologist actually put the little earphone things in her ears and proceeded with the “big girl” hearing test. She said they don’t usually do that with three year olds, but since Bryce was in there, she didn’t want her to be distracted by his noise. (He was actually quiet for the most part, and wasn’t really as noisy as he could have been.) She did so well and followed the directions the whole time. The audiologist was actually quite amazed that she did so well. She is getting to be such a big girl!
Bryce’s ears were surprisingly clear when the doctor checked them out. But since he has had a pretty constant ear infection for the last few weeks, we decided to go ahead and schedule surgery to remove his adenoids. He will re-do his tubes also. He has had ear infections pretty constant since he had his tubes put in almost a year ago, so the doc said that the bacteria is probably collecting around his adenoids, which is causing the ears to get infected. I hope this surgery works and it puts an end to all of this!
As much as I love our ENT (I really do…he is one of the most awesome doctors we have seen), I would really like to be done with his office. When we were called back, Rylie ran right back to the scale. The doctor and the nurses standing around just kind of laughed and said “yeah, she knows the drill, huh?” I made a comment about how she was running around like she owned the place and the doc said “no, YOU own the place.” Yeah, with as much business as we have given him, I sure do have a share, huh?
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