Scott & I waited patiently in the waiting room, watching the clock intensely, after all this was "supposed" to be a 10 minute procedure. Twenty-five minutes later we were brought into the recovery room to see our little trooper.
...........Let me back track a bit here............
Landon's surgery was scheduled for 7:30am. We live about 45 minutes south of Boston. However, we had to be at the hospital 1 1/2 hours prior to surgery......6am...which means we had to leave our house by 5am......which means we had to be up @ 4:15am to get ourselves & Landon up & out the door by 5!!! When I went in Landon's room to get him up.......both eyes were SEALED SHUT!!! Yep, total congestion, cough & a runny nose!!! Oh, and did I mention that he had just finished his Augmentin, two days prior, for a double ear infection!! That would make 3 ear infections in 1 month (which means antibiotics for 1 month straight)!!
So to the hospital we go, wondering if they are going to go through with the surgery. When Dr. Lee met with us prior to the surgery, he examined Landon and checked his ears....and wouldn't you know it....another stinkin' ear infection. Poor little guy, just can't catch a break!! Dr. Lee felt that it would be in Landon's best interest if we proceeded with the surgery. Scott & I agreed.
........Fast forward here!!.........
Twenty-five minutes later....why....because of that ear infection!! Apparently, when Dr. Lee made the incision in his right ear....EXPLOSION.....(I won't gross you out with the details)!!! His right ear had to be cleaned & suctioned out well, and sort of took a little more time than originally expected. When we were brought in to see Landon he was awake and out of the crib already, a nurse was holding him and they were watching the construction work out the window. She informed us that that was Landon's preference, and he was very adamant about it!! Seems our little smiley boy awoke from the anesthesia quite fussy & irritable!! It was awful seeing him like that, so uncomfortable:( After some Tylenol, and his milk, we got the thumbs up to go home (about 1 hour later)!! Landon slept the whole way home.....and when we got home.....he was ready to get back to his regular schedule....PLAYTIME!!!
Scott & I noticed some immediate results, definitely a little more sensitive to sound, and tons of babbling. It was as if he LOVED the sound of his own voice!! Over the next couple of days, we also noticed Landon starting to walk with his arms...down....as opposed to walking with his arms up like a zombie. It appears that his balance is much better. And now a week later, we are hearing even more sounds, /m/, /b/, /d/ & /l/'s! He is now saying 5 words clear enough for others to understand: eat (eeeeee, while signing eat), light (liiiiiiii, while pointing up at the light), yes (yeeeaaahhh, while signing yes), up (uuhhh, while signing/pointing up) and Elijah (LiLi, long i) while pointing at Elijah!!! I'm so happy to see the progress in this area and so proud of our little man!!
Landon recently caught another cold and his nose and eyes are runny again. Brought him to the pediatrician for an ear check.....and I am happy to report.....the TUBES are working......they were in place & NO FLUID!!! YEAH!!!
As nervous as I was about this whole procedure, I can honestly say, it is the BEST thing we could have done for Landon. I'm just so sorry that he had to endure all those ear infections this past year.