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Ear tubes for Sara




After 6 months and 6 ear infections – we were ready!


Ear tubes worked perfectly for Alex and we were ready for some miracles with Sara’s ears.  There is nothing wrong with her ears, it’s just the Eustachian tubes are so small and relatively flat in young kids.  For some kids, it makes it so they get recurrent ear infections that impact quality of life, the vast majority have no problems at all.  In time, as they grow, kids grow out of this stage.  Just like Alex did.  He had his tubes removed this summer and hasn’t had any problems since.



It was an early Christmas present for Mom and Dad – these little tubes. 



First, we get to the hospital and “Bobo” the monkey gets a bracelet too, just like Sara.  And then you get this lovely gown and “one size fits none” socks that don’t stay on (very long).  Sara was calm and her usual happy self through all of this.  I don’t know if it was because of this calmness, they didn’t give her any of the valium like relaxer that they gave Alex prior to surgery.  But, no matter – she didn’t need it.  How different two kids can be boggles the mind sometimes!

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Some quiet snuggles with Dad and Mom before the procedure and before you know it – it was her time to go.  We were the first surgery of the day and we were ready. 

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I asked, once again, to be able to take my child back to the OR and get her comfortable.  They agreed to let me go back and I got all doo-ded up.  I took her back to the operating room and she was calm as I laid her down on the table.  They placed the mask over her face and allowed her to breathe the gas.  She didn’t really like this, so I helped hold it there.  It only took a few breaths and she was out.  They escorted me out, I thanked them for allowing me the opportunity to do this as it is so much better for me and her.  Otherwise, they would take her from us and she would start crying/screaming and be put to sleep that way.  This way, she sees my face back there and goes to sleep seeing my calm face. 


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It was literally like – 6 minutes – before the surgeon came out and said her surgery was done and it went well.  She had an ear infection at the time and placed the tubes in her ear drums.  We had to wait a bit longer for her to get out of recovery (~20 minutes) and then we got to see our sweet baby.


She was calm and just wanted to snuggle and said very clearly “purple” when asked what color of popsicle she wanted.  In fact, after she scarfed that one down, she asked for another purple popsicle.  And some juice. 


When Alex came back to us after recovery for his ear tube surgery, it was a whole different story.  He was crying and hysterical.  It took a good 10 minutes to calm him down.  How different two kids can be.


Another thing I really appreciate about Children’s is they allow the kid’s stuffed animals back with them, so it was comforting to know that Bobo was going to be there when she woke up in recovery, but we weren’t there yet.



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We were getting ready to get outta there – changed her clothes back to her pj’s - And then was the time for a full out breakdown.  Fall down on the floor, screaming, no reason/logic, no cuddle, no nothing… except the warm blanket on the floor for a few minutes. 


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Then, perfectly fine again and ready to go home.  You never know how surgery is going to affect you, but after we got home it was a pretty normal day for her.  Not overly groggy, just wanted to play and eat/drink, and play some more.


The best part is that they ear tubes appear to be working really well.  She’s had ~3 colds already and no ear infections (knock on wood). 


Yeah ear tubes!


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