I'm not sure if I'm on the right place for this, but here goes...
I have a 5 year old daughter who has had middle ear infections all of her
life, usually at least 3 times a year.
They have only ever been treated with antibiotics, and this leaves her worse
off in other areas. We finally got in to see an Audiologist, and were told
she only had 30% hearing due to yet another ear infection and were told to
go back to the GP. My daughter's speech has deteriorated drastically and she
is constantly sick and irritable. He finally refereed us to a paediatrician
who specialises in ear, nose and throat and we have just come from his
He had told me that my daughter has "glue ear", is this a middle ear
infection the same as before?
He said that she also has enlarged adenoids that need to be removed that
were causing her snoring all this time, and may cause sleep apnea.
He has her booked into a private hospital for a weeks time to perform an
adenoidectomy and insertion of tubes, I understand the basics but not some.
What I'd like to understand is the anaesthetic which wasn't explained, do
they gas her and then insert the needles after she's "out"? And the blood
tests they have ordered, do they take this after she's asleep? What are the
risks involved here?
I'm quite scared and couldn't get the answers to my questions from this
doctor which is obviously very busy, how do I get these answers?
Thanks for any advice or tips in advance!!!
> Thomas E. Boismier, M.P.H.
> Director of The Balance Care Center,
> a division of Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, P.C.
> 347 W. Berry St, Suite 102
> Fort Wayne IN 46802