The happiest baby in the world has been fighting a recurrent ear infection for over five weeks now, has been on three different antibiotics (for 10 days each), and yesterday we got a referral to a local ENT to schedule her for tubes in her ears.
I immediately said "Oh s**t" to my pediatrician, well I mouthed the second word, and it was just completely involuntary. I'm not really a cusser unless I'm drinking red wine and feeling feisty. Which definitely happens from time to time. But not at 10:45am in a pediatric office with my two babies in earshot.
So, I feel like the cycle that I constantly hear about this is: parent is heartbroken and scared of upcoming anesthesia // procedure takes 5-10 minutes and is a walk in the park // child is instantly happier // parent wishes they'd done tubes sooner // parent tells all of his/her friends that tubes are the way to go // parent hopes that all subsequent children can get tubes at the sign of the first ear infection. Am I totally amiss here?
I'm still in that heartbroken and scared phase, and of course I'm blaming it on myself. What if I would have used the snotsucker more? Did I use the humidifier enough? Did I do everything in my power to clear her ears? My pediatrician assured me it was nothing I could have prevented and just, you know, anatomy ... but I still feel a tinge of guilt and a ton of fear.
I don't have a surgery date yet but would love to hear from reassuring readers who have been in my shoes.