For the last few weeks me and my boys have received lots of hugs and prayers and well wishes. They are so appreciated and make us feel loved and I would love for them all to continue for a few more days. On Wednesday, April 1st, Tanner will have surgery for the second time.
He had his first surgery in December 2007 to place tubes in his ears due to infections that couldn't be cured with antibiotics. He had one ear infection immediately after his surgery, but his tubes did their job and the infection was cleared.
However, one of his tubes fell all the way out about two months ago (which happens as children grow and the tubes no longer fit) and the other remains half in and half out of the ear canal.
Both ears have become infected over the last month and a half, and the doctor originally said that they were bulging. Tanner received a round of oral antibiotics, followed by a round of antibiotic injections, with no improvement. He was sent immediately to an ENT due to his history. By the time he saw the ENT last week, the right ear, in which the tube has completely fallen out, has become damaged.
The eardrum in his right ear was sucked down by the amount of fluid and pressure, and is now "stuck." This will be repaired before the new tubes will be placed in his ears. He currently has complete hearing loss in this ear, and decreased hearing in his left ear. This may perfectly well be temporary. However, we won't know if his hearing is restored until more hearing tests can be done about a month after the surgery.
My baby is a trooper, very seldom complaining, though very often wanting just to be held. Tanner continues to live with the pain and discomfort that this causes. Sleep comes difficult to him, and unfortunately codeine keeps him awake rather than helps him to rest. So the only thing that I can do until surgery day is continue to hold him and pray for comfort and for a full recovery.