My dear darling M, we love you to pieces. We wish we could do better for you. I hope that we are now on track to resolve your ear issues. I hope...
By this morning, we were both convinced that it was time to call the doctor again. I called and got an afternoon appointment. I felt somewhat silly, walking into the office, asking them to check her ears. Her main symptoms were sleepiness and lack of attentiveness. They were hardly unusual conditions for a two year old in the middle of a hot summer. The first nurse looked at me like I was nuts for bringing her in. I could just hear her thinking, "you're bringing her in because she's not listening to you? This is a great use of our time."
Dr, D is not our normal doctor, but she did such a wonderful job with M! She brought M right out of her shell and had her sitting on the doctor's lap, listening to her heart in no time. M allowed her to look in both ears with no complaint. This is no small feat, mind you. Not only was Dr. D able to determine that yes, there is fluid behind M's left ear again, but she was quick to take the next steps to resolve M's issues.
"Since there is the issue of her hearing being impaired, I think it's time to talk to an ENT. She's been impacted already from months of undiagnosed ear infections and I don't want her to lose any more time to this." She also noted that while removing a child's tonsils and adenoids is no longer a fashionable procedure, in some cases it is warrented in order to prevent issues with weight gain, loss of sleep, and behavior issues for life. Since M snores up a storm no matter how she's positioned and this could all be playing into her ear infections, it bears having the ENT look at her tonsils and adenoids as well.