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