After Jordan’s febrile seizure from his raised temperature caused by an ear infection and influenza A, we thought it would be a good idea to see Dr. Milo, an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor at Akron Children’s. We’ve had some great feedback from family friends who’ve seen him in the past so we scheduled our appointment.
What a great experience. Although we were a little late due to the weather, we were greeted by a friendly staff who made us feel at home. Dr. Milo was sweet, quick and thorough as he examined our 19-month-old busy boy. I think he even mentioned he had a glance of Jordan’s favorite character, Tow Mater. He hasn’t had the honor of watching the movie, but we have introduced his stuffed animal and talking stocking several times.
After his initial evaluation, we were escorted to a soundproof room where Jordan’s hearing was assessed. What appeared to be an ear bud was placed in each ear to measure how much fluid was blocking the normal pressure against his eardrum. His levels were more low on the left than the right.
Then the audiologist instructed us to try not to look in the area where we heard sounds. A little duck started to quack and dance in front of us, then the audiologist talked to Jordan from the left, then the right, in a variety of tones. Randy was jealous when I took a peek to see what was dancing in the corner after Jordan had already responded.
We then went to the x-ray room across the hall. If I haven’t mentioned before, Jordan is not a fan of being held in one position. The technician was quick to get the x-ray she needed to have Dr. Milo discuss his concerns with us.
During our consultation, Dr. Milo stated Jordan’s adenoid is enlarged and blocked 85%. He has some mouth breathing, indicating he breathes more through is mouth than nose.
We also discussed the fluid in Jordan’s ear. It’s being blocked, causing the fluid to stay once the infection is taken care of. All of this being said, he gave us a choice to either wait to see if he outgrows these issues or have tubes placed in his ears and his adenoid taken out to assist with his breathing and ear problems.
He mentioned that it may not keep him from having ear infections, but if there’s a chance of keeping fevers at a minimum, we’re in. The ages between 18 and 24 months is an important time for speech and language development and we want to keep on track.
So here we go on another typical childhood journey of having tubes put in and adenoids out. Our surgery was scheduled on our way out, and we’re thankful for the many specialists available at Akron Children’s who are helping our little man be the best Jordan he can be.
- Update: View the outcome of the surgery.