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I am mostly interested in recovery I am not to concerned with the surgery since it is so quick! And also how are you suppose to keep water out of there ears after in baths and what about swimming? Thanks for any input ladies!!!
I just read about Kiera's problem last night in the Jan playroom, but was sidetracked and didn't get to finish replying. I am so sorry she's having problems. A few babies here have had the tubes and I think it worked for most. Shannon's Joshua just had them put it. Thank goodness I never had to experience them, so I'm not much help to you. I hope her surgery goes smooth for both of you and she is feeling better in no time.
Gavin got tubes on Dec. 22nd. I was worried since it was just before the holidays, but they assured me he would be fine for Christmas...and he was!!! So far they have been wonderful! The surgery was very quick and early in the morning. We weren't able to feed him anything before so we brought a sippy of milk to give him right when he woke up in recovery. I brought him home, fed him breakfast, and then he took a long nap (about 3 hours!) When he finally woke up he seemed fine...so I took him with me to finish up my christmas shopping!!!
Other than alot of drainage from his ears those first few days, he acted completely normal. He did have alot of fluid in there when they did the surgery so I'm not sure if they always drain that much. Our ENT doc said not to worry about getting water in his ears (which I was suprised, because that was a big concern of mine too.) He said not to "dunk" him under the water for the first few months, but in the bath we shouldn't have to worry. At first I was very cautious in the bathtub, I would sort of shield his ears when washing his hair, but now I don't even worry about it! Sorry for the short novel...good luck with the tubes, they've been a lifesaver for us!!!
Alex got his tubes on Dec 21st. His recovery was quick. We left 15 minutes after the surgery. He was tired for a few hours. He laid down, took a nice nap and then when he woke up he was ready to rock and roll.
He was able to walk EVERYWHERE once he got his tubes.
My only disappointment was that before the tubes he had a pretty large vocabulary. He lost ALL of it I assume because everything sounded completely different afterwards. So, he had to start over with speech, but other than that he's doing most excellent!
Good luck to you with tubes too ! I know it can be scary
Joshua had tubes put in on January 15. The surgery was about 45 minutes (he also had his adenoids) and when he came back to us, he screamed for about 45 minutes which they warned us he would do. It was the anesthesia wearing off. He has had no drainage from his ears and no ear infections. Other than waking up screaming, he did wonderful and had no side effects!