June 16, 2008

Clean Ears!!

We took Bauer to his Ear, Nose, Throat specialist, Dr. Cotter, last week in Orlando to check on a recent infection and to have his hearing checked. There was concern that his ears were still red after a week on antibiotics. After examining they also noticed his eardrums had perforated on both sides which explained the load of drainage over the last 3 days They decided Bauer needed tubes put in ......................................THE NEXT MORNING!!

The day before the doctor had an emergency surgery twenty minutes before we arrived so we didn't get to have Bauer examined. One drive to Orlando. They felt bad for making us drive so far and cancelling so the next day they were able to get us in. Now 2 trips to Orlando. So when she said "he needs to go ahead and have tubes put in TOMORROW" I've never wished so badly that I had my pilot's license!! ;) She said the palate probably isn't functioning 100% yet so that's probably added to the build-up and infection. It needed to be removed quickly.

We're just so thankful that we found a great doctor who's worked with cleft children. It's what was best for Bauer. We would have driven to Miami if needed, but 3 trips back and forth to Orlando in 3 days was a little crazy. Praise the Lord Adam and I were both able to make it and Bauer got the help he needed.

The surgery lasted about 20 minutes. Bauer came around the corner on his bed drinking a sippy cup. He was good to go! We couldn't believe how fast it was. The doctor said there was a massive amount of stuff in his ears. The best news of the whole day was that the perforations had already healed over. Praise praise praise. We're so cautious with Bauer's hearing. We don't want to do anything to cause any permanent damage.
I wondered a few times over those 3 days if we did the right thing in March by not putting the tubes in, but we both felt at peace with the decision and we can't change it now. The Lord knew what was coming and he allowed us to get the help we needed when we needed it.

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:27

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