Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Tease...

So we have a little tease on our hands...Gage's incision keeps taunting us, pretending it's gonna heal, and just when you think you've got it in the bag...it'll ooze (shudder). Again this morning, it did the same thing, so I alerted our favorite doctor and nurse who wanted to see G man. While waiting for our name to be called, this happened....

"Excuse me, are those hearing aid things...do those work well? We've been talking about doing one of those, do they screw in?"...
The conversation progressed, we talked about BAHAs and cochlear implants and her son's surgically enlarged ear canals due to his ongoing battle with Cholesteatoma or benign tumors in his ears. We discussed being frequent patients of Dr. Woolley's for almost ten years for us, eleven for them. We seemed to relate to everything from surgery to sleepless nights to spur of the moment 2 hr trips to the ENT. I had told them why we were there and we continued chatting until her son's name was called.

She looked back at me and said, "Well, I hope you have a wasted trip." I smiled back and said, "Me too!" We both knew as parents that there's a lot of time to pray on that long drive in to see the doctor, and we know we've prayed more than once that he'd tell us our kids were just fine. I'd much rather have a wasted trip just so I can sleep at night, knowing my child is well.

Minutes later, another lady asked me the same thing...her child had Cholesteatoma too and they were looking into the BAHAs-bone anchored hearing aids (I'm assuming this is what she was talking about) Had a nice little chat with her as well, gave her a PEEPs card and told her I'd find her a BAHA family if she'd email me...

We were called back soon after, no one is surprised to see us. A very lengthy note was taken from the nurse about what I've seen thus far. The doc comes in, removes the dried ooze (shudder) and scab to find nothing was left to culture, no yucky stuff underneath, only a small hole in the top few layers of skin. He isn't even sure why it's taking so long to heal. The slow heaing isn't totally new. We've had some slow healers before but we're 7-8 weeks out now, I just wish this thing would completely heal and stop teasing us.

So for now, I have my at home care instructions, we are on watch, but I am gonna sleep tonight, knowing we've had it examined. Whether it turns out to be a starting point for more exams or whether the wound decides to go ahead and heal, we're at a good place...today.

3 comments:

leah said...

Good news with the quick visit and no infection in the incision site- it needs to heal quickly, now, though! Goodness, you have had to monkey around with this one for quite some time! Very cool about meeting other parents in the waiting room- it is so nice to have a peer group (like PEEPS) as a sounding board/reassurance when your little one has to go through so much!

Miss Kat's Parents said...

With all the trouble Gage has had, with the reimplant and all, can I ask....do you get many nasty comments on your blog? I seem to attract so many, but I rarely see them other places. Is it just me???

Val said...

I used to years ago...then I quit responding to them, no matter how bad I wanted to, because they hoped I would respond so we could battle back and forth. I then put comments under moderation due to spam and such and I never get those comments anymore period...and it's not that I don't 'approve' them, just haven't had them.