The Sonia Show

Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Can you hear me now?


Yeah, so, remember when I wrote about how the Spawn is a late talker?

He has an appointment to get his ears checked next week, but I’m pretty sure he hears just fine,” I wrote.

Funny story. It turns out he doesn’t just hear just fine. He has a slight hearing loss, because he has fluid in both ears. He had fluid in his ears last week during the hearing test. He had fluid in his ears in October at his two-year checkup. He had fluid in his ears back in April.

He has an appointment very early tomorrow morning to get tubes in his ears.

Good times.

The Boy has never had an ear infection. We had no idea that he has been walking around with fluid in his ears for seven months, if not longer. There was no ear tugging, etc. But, the fluid in the ears explains a lot. It explains why he was starting to talk and say words at the beginning of the year, and then just kinda stopped with the words and start babbling nonstop. It also explains why he gets so frustrated trying to communicate.

So, even though getting tubes inserted is a totally simple procedure, we are feeling nervous about it. The procedure lasts a total of 20 minutes max, but they have to put Calvin under anesthesia to do it.


The good news is the procedure is painless, and he won’t even know the tubes are there other than the fact that he can all of a sudden hear better.

The docs say recovering from the anesthesia is the most difficult part. He will be groggy and possibly nauseous. Poor little guy.

I’m super curious to what it will be like after the tubes. He will be able to hear clearly. Will he start talking up a storm? Will it take a few days, a few weeks, a few months? Is the world going to seem incredibly loud now? We’re going to my parents’ place for Thanksgiving. We’re loud people. Is he going to want to hide in another room? If so, he will be in good company. Mighty, mighty good man David is often overwhelmed by the volume of holidays and family dinners. He comes from quiet people.

So, yeah, I’m anxious about the procedure, but I’m glad we caught it now and not a year from now.

We went to the playground this weekend, and Calvin climbed to the top of this thing. I think he really likes looking down on everybody ... just like mommy.

We went to the playground this weekend, and Calvin climbed to the top of this thing. I think he really likes looking down on everybody … just like mommy.


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

4 thoughts on “Can you hear me now?

  1. Ah, good times! We had to get tubes in Dashiell’s ears last summer, but it was part of a larger surgery where they removed his adenoids and tonsils as well for sleep apnea. So the recovery was pretty rough for that part, but the tubes themselves were indeed painless and nonproblematic.
    It was really hard to see him put under the anesthesia– they let me accompany him into the operating room and he looked so tiny and helpless on that big bed, with tubes going into him and stuff. And then he was very confused and sad and groggy coming out of it. But he was also in pain from the tonsil/adenoid part, so I’m guessing it will go much easier for Calvin.
    Totally glad we did it though, everything is much improved. Hang in there!

  2. Awww. Poor Dashiell. They told us that one of us can go in there with Calvin, and David immediately volunteered, so I will be in the waiting room pacing around anxiously.

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