Well we kept this mostly to ourselves that Mae was going to get tubes in her ears. Not for a specific reason – that’s just how it happened. When I was young, around the age of 6, I got tubes in both ears and later got a tempanoplasty. My husband, Brett, also har ear problems growing up, so this wasn’t a surprise.
The doctors said that usually if a baby or child has more than 3 (or so) ear infections in 6 months then they should get tubes. Mae has had 5 in 2 to 3 months. She’s been on and off Amoxicillin but after a few days would be tugging on her ears again. Turns out she had a lot of fluid sitting in one of her ears but had problems with both. We decided that tubes were worth it for her (helping the fluid drain because her eustation tubes were level instead of tilted…like many babies).
They are just small tubes (obviously…right? Haha) that go in the eardrum. After about 6 months to a year and a half they should fall out on their own. Since babies can pop their ears like we do, tubes make it so that they don’t have to! Amazing, right!?
Last night we weren’t allowed to feed her anything past midnight. Mae still nurses to sleep and wakes up in the middle of the night wanting to be nursed back to sleep. Brett stayed up and made sure I didn’t feed her self consiously and to help get her back to sleep. Long story short, she was up from around 1:00 – 2:45 with Brett and 2:45 – 4:00 with me and Brett back and forth. We tried Moana, a passie, walking around, etc. Finally right before 4:00 a.m. she fell asleep on a walk with Brett. She slept the whole 30 minute car ride to the ENT Surgery center which was amazing! We had to get there at 6:30 and funny enough, neither Brett or I heard our alarms! Mae woke up at 5:45 (when we were planning on leaving) and I checked the clock! What a tender mercy!
When we got there a bunch of paper work was filled out and Mae got to play with some toys. We still had her in her Winnie the Pooh footsie pajamas so that she could be cozy. She played with some toys our in the lobby, which was nice for her!
We got back there and they weighed her, measured her, etc. Mae and I sat on the bed and changed between me or Brett holding her. The anesthesiologist talked to us and Mae even got a cute pinked stuffed animal!
Around 7:40 we walked back with her and they wrapped her in a warm blanket. We had to stand behind a blue line and watch her fall asleep with the mask on. She hated it because we weren’t there and it honestly broke my heart. 💔
We waited in the waiting room and had hot chocolate and cider from a Keurig. And um… I want one!!! Only about 8 minutes later he came out and told us how it went! It went great and she didn’t have any infection but only some fluid in one of her ears. Thy role us at first that they only give pain medication through a shot (for the after period) to babies a year or older. But Mae weighed enough for them to give it to her! There are SO many pros to having a cute chubby baby!
They told us when she started to wake up we would go back there. But when babies have anesthesia they tend to be really emotional. Mae was totally limp and asleep but crying so much. It broke my heart. While I was holding her she was even fighting it but totally asleep. The anesthesiologist said that her mind was probably still back there with all of them meanies. Haha probably true! She calmed down as I nursed her. It’s funny to me and Brett pointed out that I am so much more comfortable breastfeeding in public (like doctors offices and such) now than I was before. I told him that if my baby needs me it doesn’t matter whose around! He totally understood and we marveled with how much things have changed. 🙂
We were finally able to leave and had to walk around outside a little bit. The whole drive home was full of full in laughing from Mae and then all of us sudden crying. Her poor emotions and body have never had so much medication in her! When we got home she was all the way back to normal!
She has been more talkative and active today then ever! She’s slept a lot and wanted to snuggle me, but her balance has been better and she’s been so happy! She is still tugging on her ears a little bit – but they said that would be normal from getting this done.
I share this as a journal for me and my posterity but also for any other mamma’s that may go through this with their little one. I hope this helps and gives you peace of mind!
Sierra (mrs robinson)