It’s another Wordful Wednesday!
I spent my Tuesday evening in the Emergency Room with my oldest daughter, Lakin. She’s had issues with earwax build-up many times over the past 5 years. Apparently some people produce quite a bit more earwax than others, and she is one of those lucky over-producers. We’ve become accustomed to buying earwax removal kits at the pharmacy and peroxide boiling her ears every month or so. Her pediatrician suggested we do this at home after she had a particularly difficult time irrigating Lakin’s ears when she was about six years old. It’s not been a problem at home… she doesn’t fight me and says it feels good.
This past Monday, Lakin told me that her ear felt clogged and we put peroxide in it and cleaned it out as usual. The next morning, she was having trouble hearing in that ear. She stayed home from school and we attempted to clear the ear again, this time with a little more luck. She could hear again through that ear, but asked that I clean her other ear too. Well, we must have dislodged something, because she woke up in the middle of the night in tears from pain. I gave her a warm compress and some tylenol, and she fell asleep. This morning, we called the pediatrician and she suggested we do the whole routine again, this time using a kit from the pharmacy with a warm water sprayer in it. No luck, and this evening she was again feeling pain in her ear.
Off to the Emergency Room we went, getting in line behind ten people who appeared to have various flus and colds. We waited two hours and were finally called back. The doctor was very nice and gentle, and after six more much-more-intensive-than-at-home irrigations, a very large plug of earwax was removed from her left ear. She looked up at the man in wonder and said, “oh wow, I can hear better than ever!” The ER doctor’s opinion is that the plug he pulled from her ear had been accumulating for “a long time” and that the 25% hearing loss that Lakin’s pediatrician attributed to a previous earache, might well have been caused by this large chunk of earwax that has finally been liberated from her ear.
So, maybe we need a new pediatrician? That seems like a pretty big thing to have missed, and perhaps she shouldn’t have advised that we do all the ear care ourselves when Lakin clearly had an ongoing issue.
All that matters to me at the moment though, is that my girl can hear, and hear well! She was very excited and happy as we drove home at 1:30 this morning. “Mom, I can hear more than I ever have before!” are the best words I’ve heard in a long time.
I’m linking up several places today for Wordful/Wordless Wednesday!