Monday, February 10, 2014

Ear Surgery. Third times the charm?

On February 3rd, Ephraim, Kinsley, Forrest and I made an early morning trek down to Tacoma so that Ephraim could have a tympanoplasty done.  In September he had a stubborn ear tube removed and that hole never closed - so he needed to have it repaired.  

We were the first surgery of the morning at the short stay surgery center at Mary Bridge so we had the play room to ourselves.  
Watching a movie with Daddy. 
They moved us back to our room around 7:30 so they could give Eph some medicine.  He was given some Tylenol with oxycodone for pain and an anti-anxiety medicine.  He had been playing Mario kart and during his second race he became super loopy and started driving in circles and we then realized that the medicine was kicking in.  :)

By the time they took him back into surgery at 8 he was really relaxed and saying some pretty funny things.  
His surgery lasted for an hour.  The doctor made an incision behind his ear to get a piece of the sheath of the muscle.  The doc then placed "mini marshmallows" through the hole in his ear drum to fill the cavity and then put the piece of muscle sheath through the hole so that the marshmallows are holding it tight against the existing drum.  The hope is that the blood vessels will grow into the patch and make it a seamless.  In about a month the marshmallows will dissolve.

After an hour in recovery, he was wheeled back to his room.  We are thankful eph has handled coming out of anesthesia very well every time. He had to keep the cup on his ear for 24 hours.   We also had strict instructions to not let his ear get wet inside or outside for a week.  He can't play basketball for two weeks or do anything that could cause the patch to dislodge. He can't blow his nose or have anything to eat that is too chewy.  
My mom stayed with Selah while we were gone.  After we got home she tied a bowl to her head so that Ephraim wouldn't feel alone.  
Eph's recovery has been going well.  We've had our struggles with keeping him less active than he wants to be - but are thankful that he is not having any pain or discomfort.  

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