Friday, January 05, 2007

Come Again?

Samuel had his adenoids removed and tubes inserted into his ears in the summer of 05'. It resulted in a marked improvement for both of the areas that we had hoped for; less ear infections and less open-mouthed breathing/borderline apnea symptoms at night. The boy was snoring, mouth gaped, flies comin' and going. He was prone to infections and lots of goopy noses. Emma had the same procedure when she was a wee little 1-year old and it made the same incredible difference. I can't make a medical claim to understand it, but both kids ended up healthier than they had ever been and the chronic runny noses were history.

O.K., Enough of the boring medical history. Here's the funny for the day:

His ENT doctor checked him out today to see if the tubes were working their way out (they were and that's good) He suggested a hearing test because we had not yet done one. I was pleased because as his speech develops, he still struggles with words like, "two-tee" (cookie), "tracher" (cracker), and the one with the best *cringe* factor (I'll give you the correct pronunciation) "firetruck". The woman that gave the hearing test was a lovely grandmother-type with loads of patience and a very quiet voice, which had me questioning whether I should hop in that chair and check my own hearing!

She placed Sam in chair and gave him instructions:

Lady: You will repeat the words that I say, okay?

Sam: Otay.

She closed the door to the big freezer-style, sound-proof room and sat across from him on the other side where they could see one another through this little window. As soon as that door was shut I began to dream about building one of these rooms in our house. Can you imagine? A room that was void of all sound? This was worth pondering....

She began the test...."sidewalk" ........."help"........."hot dog"........

It's funny because after all the words she used (probably 50-75) the one that he remembers and has talked about is "hot dog".

He laughs and says, "Mom, she say, HOT DOG! Dat lady say, *HOT DOG*!!!" and then just cackle and laugh his head off. It doesn't take much.

Then she tells him that she will switch the headphones and he will begin to hear noises or beeps. He is informed to let her know when he hears these "noises". The rest of the test goes something like this:

Lady: OK Sam, if you hear a beep then just raise your hand or tell me, okay?

Sam: Otay

Lady: (after a brief pause, she raises her eyebrows) Did you hear anything, Sam?

Sam: nods yes

Lady: OK Sam, if you hear a beep then I want you to say, "I heard that"

Sam: I heard dat.

Lady: Very good, Sam- but wait until you hear the beep to say, "I heard that"

Sam: I heard dat.

Lady: This time, wait until you hear the beep, OK?

Sam: Otay

Lady: (after 2nd brief pause) Did you hear that?

Sam: I heard dat.

Lady: Can you say, "I heard that" right after you hear the beep?

Sam: I heard dat.

I am, at this point trying not to wet my pants because I know this boy so well. First of all, I know his hearing is impeccable because I have gone stealth-like in his dark room before, while he is sleeping and have him rise up and say, "momma, whatcha doing?" I'm sure this is not funny to her, but it's about the funniest thing I've seen all week!

The lady mentions that he is on the *verge* of being the right age to properly administer this test and I'm thinking that she's probably on the *verge* of pulling her hair out.

Thankfully, by the end of the visit, she has enough information to conclude that his hearing is fine and I think to myself (so is his sense of humor!)


Anonymous said...

Laughing out loud over here!!! That is just hilarious!

janiswrites said...

Too funny! Kids don't get worried about stuff like that, do they? They think it is a big game. My son did when he was small, too. He thought that they were all crazy for beeping him. Thanks for sharing!

Laurel Wreath said...

I think that is tooo funny!!!! I would have been laughing to myself all day.

Christina said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I'm glad you were able to find it again. I really enjoy reading yours too!

Kim said...

How cute! And funny! I just love the way children think!

Tiffany said...

I just don't know where he gets that sense of humor since both of his parents still have theirs! I was laughing hard reading this...just hearing him saying all of this. I'm so thankful for your gift of writing and perspective Kim! It makes me feel joy!

Love you, your prayers, and words of encouragement. I'll call tomorrow.

Jill B said...

Could you give me more info on why you had adneoids removed with both kids. My two and half year old had tubes at 8 months and now one is out and she's having lots of infections, mono and tonsil infections and I'm wondering if this surgery might help.
Our ENT wants to see how she does this winter, but we've been on antiboitics almost all fall and early winter.

Kim said...


Emma had been on relentless rounds of antibiotic as well and seemed to have an endless runny nose. I have video of her before her surgery when she is sleeping and her mouth is wide open and she appears to be labored in her breathing. We (me & my kids) all have large tonsils. Sam & Emma both have really small nasal and ear passages which I guess contributed to all the breathing trouble. Honestly, I don't really know why the yucky noses improved as well as the ear infections (obviously that because of the tubes) but I did find this:

"The rationale for an adenoidectomy at this point would be based on the premise that there has been a chronic bacterial colonization of the lymphoid tissue that comprises the adenoid. Such bacterial colonization could account for ear infections due to reflux of bacteria or contamination of the eustachian tubes which are nearby; chronic purulent nasal discharge; and post-nasal drainage which could irritate the windpipe causing cough. If an underlying asthmatic condition were present, cough due to post-nasal drainage could be a predominant symptom." (did you get all that?)

Maybe this is why? Honestly, Sam went from really thick running noses (Emma too) to almost none and the same thing with the ear infections. Good luck!

OH, and we probably should have had the tonsils out in both kids back then, but I chickened out. I knew they weren't old enough to negotiate with over fluids and medicine and I've heard that can be difficult. As Emma has gotten older, her tonsil situation has improved. The ENT noted that Sam's were still were really big, but he hasn't had too many infections as of yet.

Whew, sorry if that is too much info!

One more note- the oldest never had her adenoids out and is a terrible mouth breather and actually had Mono when she was only 7 years old, which is nearly unheard of. Don't know if that is the contributing factor, but it is interesting.