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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Wednesday, April 21

Surgery #3

Finn and I went to the ENT yesterday morning and Finn is getting tubes...on MONDAY! First things first.

The ear infection from earlier this month had cleared up but both ears were still full of fluid. The doctor said we had two options. 1. wait a month and see if the fluid cleared on its own or 2. get tubes. I asked what he recommended and he said normally, he would have us wait but because Finn was a preemie (and they tend to have ear problems) and because he is concerned about Finn's hearing, he recommends tubes right away. I knew Jim was okay with getting tubes, so I agreed.

We went to scheduling and she asked when we were available. I said earliest available (the Dr had said they were scheduling about a month out), but we are flying in early May and I didn't know if we should wait until after that. She said they recommend getting the tubes BEFORE you fly to help with the pressure. SO, she called Children's and squeezed us in on Monday at 10:30am. I'm not looking forward to another surgery, but honestly, this one is so minor compared to his others that I think I'll be able to handle it. Plus, I checked with Jim and he can be in town and available (thank God!).

The only glitch we had is that Finn needs a pre-op physical with our pediatrician before surgery and there wasn't any openings with such short notice. They did some rearranging and are able to get us in on Friday at 2:30pm (not with our doctor, but I'll take it!).

We aren't sure if Finn will be out of swimming lessons for a week or more (I really wasn't prepared with the proper questions!). I talked to the doctor's nurse and she said he may need to be fitted for ear plugs, but to talk to the doctor about it on Monday before his surgery. Just one more thing to figure out, right?!?! The good news is they can fit him right there in the doctor's office and we should be able to go home with the plugs.

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