So back to the doctor's appointment....the Dr said that she wanted to get Miles in for tubes right away, if possible, so we held off treating the ears and signed up for tubes the following Monday (today).
We arrived at the hospital a little before 6 am and did the usual sit and wait....with occasional wagon rides around the hospital. The hardest part was he couldn't eat or drink after midnight which caused me the most anxiety. Jay was able to stay with me til 7 but then had to head to work. Shortly after, they gave Miles a sedative which really didn't work and around 7:30 they came to get him for surgery. He cried as they took him out of my arms and reached for me longingly as they carried him off...sad:(
The actual process of putting in the tubes only took about 5-10 minutes and then he spent another 30 minutes or so in recovery. When they were bringing him back I could hear him coming (crying) and met him in the hall. Blood dripping out of his ears, crying and, more than anything, pissed as hell.
I would relate the next 45 minutes similar to that of a wrestling match....me vs. a very ornery bear cub. I couldn't control him or calm him down....he was hysterical and fighting me like there was no tomorrow. In fact, the boy gave me a few smacks to the head that actually hurt (we'll blame that on the anesthesia).
After 45 minutes, I think the nurses station (and all the other patients for that fact) were tired of listening to us and finally gave us the ok to go home. Once I got his pjs on and he knew we were safe from doctors, he finally calmed down and we were on our way.
Yes, it was a rough morning but it needed to be done. The doctor said his ears were 'pretty nasty' and full of fluid. She removed as much as she could and said she didn't believe any antibiotic could really clear them up given how severe they were....so for us, tubes were the best option.
After we got home, we both took a LONG nap and he arose his happy little self. Aside from bloody drainage coming from both ears (dr. said it would drip blood for quite a while given how infected they were) he seems to be back to his normal self.
Here's hoping to no more infections and pain free days ahead!