Last Wednesday Noah and I got up very (very very very) early in the morning and headed into hospital to finally have his grommet/tubes put in his ears.
He has suffered from very bad glue ear for the last two years at least and the erratic blockages have effected his hearing and speech for some time now. So it was a relief to finally have them cleaned out and drained properly.
We arrived at the hospital at about 6:20am and began our wait. Our lovely nurse Mohamud was fantastic and very helpful. He kept Noah relaxed and entertained while we waited for his turn. He even went and found him a little Noah sized hospital gown (even though he was fine just wearing his pjs.
I brought my iPad along to keep Noah entertained, and it worked well for most of the morning until about 9 when he started to get restless. Thanks goodness the nurse came and got us half an hour later.
I walked into the operating theater with him, because of his age it was decided that it would be best for me to be there while they put him to sleep. He was very brave but I could also tell that he was really worried and not sure about what was happening. He started to cry just as he went off to sleep which made me feel horrible.
Anyway, he was only gone for half an hour and then they called me back into the recovery area to help him wake up. It took longer than normal for him to come out of his sleep. He was wriggling and squirming around and acting really disorientated.
But eventually after about 20 min he was awake enough for us to go back to the ward. We hubs around there until about 12:30. Mohamed found Noah some jelly and then searched high and low over the hospital for a little tub of ice cream which made him even more popular.
And after that we headed home again. Everything ran smoothly and exactly as planned which was great. It was a long day though, we were both glad to get home and sleep for a while.
Now that his ears are all fixed our next step is to start speech therapy and also go and visit the RCH cleft palate team to have an examination to determine if he has any problems with his palate. But that won’t be fore a few more months yet.