We are still alive and kicking - relatively speaking. I had thought our health problems were taking a turn for the better and then on last Wednesday, after t-ball practice, Kiddo started complaining of another ear ache. Things went from bad to worse very quickly and he was up all night with excruciating pain in his right ear. Sometime in the wee hours he said he felt a pop and a whoosh of fluid; the ear drum had blown and he found a bit of relief. I made an appointment for him for Thursday afternoon, and while he wasn't experiencing any pain in the left ear, the doctor said it looked really bad too. He actually physically cringed when he took a look in Kiddo's ear!
So, the doc referred us to an ENT. 3 massive double ear infections and 2 double ear drum perforations (the left ear blew later that day) in the past 3 months - something needs to be done. He said it could just be a resistant bacterial infection (the first infection was bacterial), or it could be allergy related, so we are trying yet another kind of antibiotic (which I am really having a hard time with) and I am pretty sure the ENT will recommend tubes. I truly hope it is something we can avoid. The pediatrician wanted to try using some Flonase along with the antibiotic, but I informed him that Kiddo has a big problem with nosebleeds and so he decided to skip that step and go straight to the specialist. I am hoping I can see about getting the angry blood vessel in his nose cauterized and we can be rid of the nosebleeds for a while.
Kiddo's first t-ball game was last Saturday. I was in Houston for a baby shower, so Hubby did the game with the boys. Kiddo had a great time, and even hit 2 home runs!! He was so excited! Hubby said it was quite comical; if a kid made contact with the ball and hit it off the T, everyone would start running the bases and scrambling for the ball. I guess you can't expect much else from the first game with a bunch of 4-6 year olds!
Port had an awesome birthday - so awesome that he is still asking me every day for more presents and grandparents and birthday cake. He looks all over the house for boxes and bags, and whenever the Fed-Ex guy comes by with a print order, it takes me 10 minutes to get Port to understand that the box isn't for him. He cracks me up. He loved his "happy birthday", as he calls it. I can't believe he's really three.
Kiddo's ENT appointment will be some time next week. This week, however, I get to take Port for an EKG. When he was a newborn, he failed his heart test in the hospital (it showed an abnormality). I was supposed to schedule a follow up EKG for him at 6 months old, but I totally forgot. And now, I have been reminded by the pediatrician a couple of times and we are also about to lose our health insurance (Hubby and the kids; I haven't had it in years) so I decided I had better get it done while I can.
We are losing our insurance soon because Hubby is now officially a temporary employee with his company. The buy-out is complete, and the remaining employees of the old company will be laid off as soon as the transition is final. yay. I am trying to stay positive and look at this as a good thing; I think the not knowing the exact end date is what keeps me up at night. I just don't know what to expect.
Pictures from recent events to come; right now I am swamped in client edits and so personal images are in the back of the line.
Some good lines from Kiddo the other day - I shared these elsewhere, but I wanted to put them here to keep: