(Image sourced from an ENT website, with permission)
So, if you have been following me here, Facebook or Twitter, you will know we have had some major ongoing sleep issues with our boy. We suspected he was suffering from recurrent ear infections, with very few actual symptoms, and we have been working our way to confirmation of this and treatment, and hopefully him feeling better, and more sleep for us all…
Yesterday, we had our first appointment to confirm the diagnosis. We went for a hearing test, and to get his ears looked at properly (not just by our GP) with an Audiologist. They used a special machine to check if he had fluid in his ears, causing the infections and checked his hearing. Thankfully, his hearing is “perfect”, although she did say it might be affected when he has an ear infection, particularly in his right ear. The picture above is what is inside Small Boy’s ears. He has fluid accumulating behind his eardrum, causing pain, and infections. It is ongoing, and one of the main reasons why he hasn’t slept well for a long time!
The boy was a rock star all the way through, on the way there, whilst waiting in the waiting room, during the appointment – he totally took to the audiologist, and was chatting to her and went along with all her tests and requests beautifully, and even gave her a hug and kiss goodbye (I think her letting him play with her gadgets before she used them on him, made him warm to her) and was happily rewarded with a strawberry ice lolly on the way home.
So, off to ENT we go for the next step….