It’s been over a week since Jaxon had his Adenoid Removal Surgery and Tube Insertion in his ears. I wanted to write about how he’s doing and how (or if) the surgery has helped him. I hope that I can be of some help to any parents out there who’s wondering if the surgery would benefit their child. It’s quite a common procedure that a lot of children with ear problems have. So here’s how he’s doing.
After the surgery, he was a little out of it. We got him home and flipped flopped between Motrin and Tylenol. If you’re in the UK, you’ve probably never heard of them but it’s pain medicine / fever reducer. By the time we actually got him home, he was trying to bounce all over the place as if he hadn’t just woken up from anesthesia. The first two days, we had to give him soft and cold foods so I allowed him to be a baddy and eat ice lollies and ice cream all day. Orange juice or lemonade wasn’t allowed because they are acidic. As the Adenoid removal surgery made his throat sensitive, we just stuck to water and apple juice. He did fine. The worst part of the whole post-surgery experience was smelling his breath. It REEKED! But that only lasted a few days. We also couldn’t let him submerge his head in water, which meant skipping his bath for day 1 and then on day 2, I just washed his body. It’s also recommended that you put ear plugs in their ears for when they go swimming. He can go under water without them but not to the bottom of the pool, which I highly doubt he’s going to do for some years to come. Regardless, I will put ear plugs in his ears whenever he goes near water.
Has the surgery helped at all?
Okay, so I’ve mentioned it before. Jaxon has had a history of ear infections and extremely bad wax buildup, which caused hearing problems and contribution to his speech delay. Behind his ear drums was excess amounts of fluid, causing more problems than there needed to be. When the tubes are inserted into the ear drums, this acts as a drainage system so the fluid can’t just sit there like it usually does. His Adenoids were also very enlarged, causing more blockage (and a bit of snoring). Having these removed helped alleviate the problem. Coming home from the surgery, I didn’t consider the fact that his hearing might have improved that day. I was just focusing on making sure he was comfortable. When we got home, we relaxed for a bit, ate lunch, watched some TV… Ya know, getting on as normal, then after a while, I noticed that I didn’t have to repeat myself when I spoke to him. I didn’t have to raise my voice like I normally do and he heard me clearly. I couldn’t believe it. Izzy, my dad and I all started to test him (which probably drove him insane). We would sit on the opposite side of the room and one by one say his name very quietly. Each time, he answered. I was in SHOCK! It was an amazing feeling. I know that the whole point of the surgery was to fix the issues but to actually witness my baby being able to hear properly, it felt so good!
As well as his vastly improved hearing, he is also speaking a lot more clearly. We’ve had less tantrums and overall he’s just been a much happier child. It makes me feel bad because if he was throwing that many fits over what I considered to be “nothing”, then he was obviously struggling and frustrated and to him it wasn’t just “nothing”. He had no way of communicating what the problem was, because he never knew any better. To see such a drastic change makes me glad that I stuck to my guns and took him to see a specialist. I hate to think that he’s gone this whole time with such irritating ear problems but it’s all over with now. He’s a happy, well hearing boy and I’m so so so unbelievably happy that he’s feeling better.