August had tube placed in his ears last Thursday. After an inspection, the ENT found that his adenoids were also inflamed and removed those while he was under. She said to me, “I don’t know how he was breathing with his mouth closed.”
There was no miracle after tube placement. He screamed bloody murder upon waking up, and was pleased as punch as I took him home. He was visibly delighted when we finally pulled up in front of the house. We spoiled him–letting him have all the bottles he wanted and plenty of Elmo time, and by the next day he was back to his usual self.
We immediately noticed that he’s “talking” at a normal volume now. He seems to be done with the extra-loud babbling that was his trademark. He’s also babbling more. He had an excellent therapy session the next day, but I’m not sure if that was related to his hearing or to the dietary changes that are still taking effect (it can take gluten up to a month to completely clear the body).
One thing I know for certain: Today he had his back to me and I called out, “August, it’s time to come inside.” He turned right around and walked towards the door. Before, you’d have to yell or motion to get his attention.
The kids’ still got issues–mostly sensory stuff–but tubes were definitely a good idea.