June 26, 2012
Let's talk tonsils, shall we?
I had my tonsils out when I was about 4. On Halloween. (Huge bummer in terms of candy consumption.) I had constant ear aches (that's what they called them back when I was a kid, today they're ear infections) had tubes a couple of times, and still had problems.
When I was about 8, one of my Ear, Nose and Throat specialists actually helped me get my ears pierced. At my first appointment, the doctor said, "So, what seems to be his problem?"
Yeah, thanks for the BOWL CUT, Mom. It really made me look incredibly feminine.
It was actually a score for me, though. I didn't have to wait five more years until I was 13 to get my ears pierced - I believe we went to the mall to pierce them that weekend.
Back to Lila.
Lila has been to the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist nearly EVERY MONTH since September of 2011. (Quite honestly, we were averaging every 3 weeks.)
You think I'm joking?
That poor child.
I literally was SO tired of the CONSTANT ILLNESS when we were about four months in, that I went to Lila's school and met with the administrator and her teacher to complain about how MY KID IS ALWAYS SICK and how it was THEIR FAULT and could they PLEASE not allow SICK CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL?! (Seriously, I'm every school's nightmare. Like Lila's the first kid to have ever gotten sick in her first year of pre-school. Riiiiiight.)
While I still am a staunch advocate of zero tolerance with sick kids at school and I do believe that schools are BREEDING GROUNDS for illnesses, Lila's ear, nose and throat issues are chronic and perhaps attributable to her bum ear genes from me.
She's been living in a constant state of congestion for months. A runny nose develops into coughs. Sneezes instantly mean a cold. A cold means a sore throat. A sore throat means an ear infection. It's literally a vicious cycle.
SO, what is YOUR experience with ear infections for you or your little ones?
Did your little one have his/her tonsils/adenoid out? Tubes put in?
Tell me ALL ABOUT IT.
**As of present, Lila's ENT has BEGGED ME to take out her tonsils and potentially her adenoids. I've disagreed since he's brought it up because I'm a believer that tonsils are the barometer of one's health. Swollen tonsils mean there's a problem somewhere else and getting rid of them doesn't solve the problem. Now, months later - I'm over it. My baby girl needs to feel better. She's miserable. TAKE THEM OUT. (See that little tonsil illustration above? Lila's tonsils are far larger than those infected ones. For real.)
P.S. Lila had NEVER had one ear infection until she was two-years-old. Or, let's be honest - she could very well have had several ear infections and perhaps we didn't know. (Terrible parents.)
Another P.S. We're also meeting with an allergist when we head to Ohio to see if allergies might not be part of this problem.