It's time. Mac went in for an ear follow up this morning and while the infection is gone (yay!), she was NOT happy with the amount of fluid behind his ears. So, with some coaxing on her part, we decided it is time to make an appointment with the ENT. This doesn't mean Mac has to get tubes for sure, it just means the expert can keep an eye on him. Plus, based on the fact that Mac has had significant amount of fluid in his ears for over three months, she is concerned that he may have hearing loss, which will in turn, affect his speech.
So, we will have that appointment in 3 to 4 weeks (she even referred us to the same one Finn went to, which is nice, but he is hard to get into!). I will keep bringing him to the chiropractor with the hopes that it helps drain the fluid, but this way, I feel all bases are covered. I don't want tubes. I know they are low risk and kids get them all the time, but I just don't. But I also don't want him on antibiotics for the next 6 months. Again, the dr is concerned that if he can't get rid of the fluid during the summer months, this winter is going to be brutal. And I guess when you put it that way, bringing him in every week for an ear infection, isn't ideal either.
So, we will see. It isn't life threatening, just more of a bump on the road.
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.