Tomorrow morning Son Three (9 years old) is having surgery to begin the process of removing tubes that have been in his ears for SEVEN years.
Nobody ever told me they weren't supposed to remain that long. I figured the longer the better and credited his lack of ear infections to the long suffering tubes. However, after he began having problems a few months back, we eventually ended up at an ENT who explained the problem was not a typical infection but a rejection of the tube by the eardrum itself.
Have y'all ever heard of such? The Doc told me that 99% of tubes come out within two years but those remaining longer can cause permanent damage to the hearing. He will have to cut the tube out, remove the scar tissue, and patch the eardrum so it grow back together normally. My Boy will not be able to hear out of the ear up to six weeks. When that one is healed, he will have to return for the same process on the other ear.
Luke has a great saying, "The only minor surgery is someone else's." Even though we expect this to be a smooth procedure, I don't think any of us look forward to our child being put under anesthesia and a scalpel for any reason. It also breaks my heart that he may be in pain and discomfort for so long. With that said, I would be so appreciative if you'd say a prayer for a slightly nervous boy and his slightly more nervous mom and dad.
Y'all are awesome.
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Parenting or Lack Thereof