Tubetastic

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In what I can only call a Festivus Miracle, we were able to score Emmie a spot for ear tube placement tomorrow. Somewhere in Chicago, some other kid is pumping his fist on avoiding going under the knife and I am jumping up and down that we’re possibly ruining her Christmas.

But the alternative is living with yet another ear infection — this is No. 3 in three weeks for those playing along at home. Well, technically, the current ear infection never went away from last week after a second dosing of Z-pack goodness. But when she went for her pre-op visit this afternoon, the pediatrician confirmed one ear was still infected and both were filled with fluid. I could have told them that, seeing as her teacher told me she was off all day, needed a lot of hugs and actually slept at naptime.

She refused her dinner, asked to go to bed early and fell asleep on the couch by the light of the Christmas tree and the gentle sounds of her sister screeching, “Nnnnnno! Nnnnnnno!” at 6:20 tonight. When I took her up to bed, she was the proud owner of a 100.7-degree fever, putting our scheduled surgery on tenuous ground.

I checked with one of our doctor friends (Rahul likes to be compensated with blog mentions, and we all know I’m not above whoring my words out for free medical advice) and he said it could go either way, but that I should probably check with the on-call doc. The lovely doctor agreed that this kid is never going to be fever-free until she can kick the ear infection, which won’t happen until she gets tubes. They said bring her on down in the morning and as long as she’s not wheezing or hacking up a lung, she’ll still be on the docket. Sweet!

I thought about asking if I could live-blog the ear tube placement, but somehow, documenting mah baybee’s surgery is much less appealing than making fun of my husband’s.

Think of us tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., when they’ll probably have to peel her off of me when she realizes Mommy can’t come with her. Then think of us again at 10 when we’re all happily eating pancakes. That was what we did the first time she got tubes, and she told me this morning she expects it again. She can have anything she wants afterward. Now’s the time to ask for the iPad2, Em…

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  1. Amy
    Marnie
    20/12/2011 at 8:19 pm Permalink

    There is one major difference from when she got her tubes in the first time… She is without mullet this time.

  2. Amy
    Not Mom of the Year
    20/12/2011 at 8:35 pm Permalink

    Good Luck tomorrow…

  3. Amy
    Gramma Martsi
    20/12/2011 at 8:42 pm Permalink

    Remember the meltdown she had when we went to breakfast after the first tubing event? But pancakes she will have…perhaps covered with a few Emmie tears…and for the rest of us, there will be tears of joy to have fluid-free ears for sweet Em!

  4. Amy
    Michelle C
    20/12/2011 at 9:15 pm Permalink

    Will be thinking of you and Emmie!

  5. Amy
    Gramma Mary
    20/12/2011 at 9:23 pm Permalink

    Oh sweet Emmie there is light at the end of the ear infection tunnel and an extra Christmas present from Gramma Mary and Grampa Dave! We hope you have whipped cream on your after surgery pancakes and lots of sauce too!

  6. Amy
    Sue W.
    21/12/2011 at 5:19 am Permalink

    Hoping for a successful tube placement and the end of ear infections.

    I wanna come for pannycakes. I saw a deelish sounding “adult” recipe for maple syrup with Jack Daniel’s in it the other day. We could have THAT on our cakes!

  7. Amy
    monica
    21/12/2011 at 6:47 am Permalink

    poor little thing. She can’t catch a break. THinking of you and hoping for an end to the ear infections!

  8. Amy
    Alison C
    21/12/2011 at 9:25 am Permalink

    Good Luck, Emmie. Hope you feel much better soon

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