Monday, November 29, 2010

Bountiful Blessings - Day 27

Today, I'm grateful for modern medicine.

Though it seems small in comparison to health struggles other Mama's face, our little Brig has put us through the ringer this year with his ears.  Just a few weeks ago, he peaked at ear infection number 8 -- most of them bilateral -- in his 11 months of life.  Months went by where it seemed like he'd get an infection, complete a round of antibiotics, followup in 2 weeks for a recheck and be clear, and then in another 3 or 4 weeks, he'd get another. 

Just beyond aggravating. 

Finally, when number 8 struck a few weeks ago, we were referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist.  We got in to see him quickly and after just one look in Brig's ears, he recommended we proceed with surgery to have ET tubes placed.  I had talked with other Mama's who had gone through similar struggles and they only gave praise for tubes. 

Justin and I had prayed about this situation and though surgery wasn't our first option, we had decided to proceed with whatever the doctor thought best.  That day at the specialist, I asked Dr. Loper if he thought the tubes would help and he told me honestly, "At this point, I don't really think you have a choice."  Ouch. 
We could go on with surgery or keep doing what we were doing -- infections every 4 or 5 weeks.  Surgery it is. 

The procedure was nothing and Brig was a champ.  Craziest of all, is that within a day or two, we could tell a difference.  He was babbling more and getting around faster and his overall demeaner was much different. 

His first birthday is tomorrow and I can't think of a better birthday present for my sweet baby than the ability to hear. 

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