A double ear infection, that is! Yesterday as I was wishing I would've been home writing up my Not Me, Mondays!, instead I was at the pediatrician's office with my sweet little man for 2.5 hours. Poor baby has been so sick. Its killing me! He's got a double ear infection, bronchitis (at first thought to be pneumonia), and a sinus infection. He's on two antibiotics and a steroid.
The worst has to be when he's sleeping. Remember when Kai had the v-flap surgery for air to not escape out of his nose? Well, they sealed it pretty good and he has only a narrow airway to breathe from. With the mucous buildup (I know....gross) in his sinus cavities, he can't breathe through his nose at all. So, when he's sleeping or eating he's really struggling to breathe. At times he scares himself and begins to cry frantically because he's gasping for air. Scott and I have had him in our bed for 4 days and we've pretty much taken turns nudging him awake when we see he's struggling to breathe. He did have a Nebulizer treatment yesterday and was a bit better afterwards. Hopefully the meds will kick in soon and he'll be back to normal. Please pray that it call clears up. My heart is breaking seeing him like this.
Kai has had two sets of ear tubes put in since he's been home. I'm pretty sure that this last set is already out, being that when we speak to him we often seem to get a "What?", with hand cupped around his ear, from him lately. A sure sign that there's fluid backed up in his ears and another outpatient surgery in his future for a new set of tubes to drain the fluid.
The reason I'm telling you this is because I'm asking for big prayers for God to intervene somehow. Our insurance was switched to an HMO (can you say LOUSY?) at the beginning of 2009. Now all outpatient surgeries are covered only at 50%. This is AFTER we've met the $3000. deductible per person. That amount is almost an impossibility for our family at this time, yet Kai's hearing is of the utmost importance to us right now and we're not sure how we're going to solve this. Not treating fluid in the ears could lead to permanent hearing loss, not to mention the fact that we've seen a great regression in his speech in the last month and a half. He hears as if he were under water, so you could imagine how frustrating it must be for him.
Please pray that the Lord somehow provide for this surgery and that our precious boy will get the necessary treatment to hear perfectly again. Our appointment with the ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist) is March 24. This worried Mama is thanking you from the bottom of her heart for your prayers. God bless.