Tomorrow our son, Henry, goes into hospital for an operation.
When he was just 3 months old Henry contracted Bacterial Meningitis (read about it and learn the signs & symptoms here…), which was horrific to put it mildly.
Thankfully, he came out of it the other side relatively unscathed.
However, at a routine post-Meningitis hearing check, the Audiology team discovered a hearing loss and, six tests later, that hearing loss isn’t getting any better.
So tomorrow, Henry heads into surgery to have grommets inserted.
Grommets are, for anyone that is wondering, very small tubes (like cotton reels) that help to drain away excess fluid building up in the middle ear.
Here’s a helpful handy diagram to show you exactly what I mean!*
We’re hopeful that the grommets will drain away the fluid and that he will then pass his hearing tests – as the Audiology team believe that it’s the pressure of the fluid that is causing his hearing loss.
And, to be honest, that’s what I’m banking on – because otherwise, it’s likely that the Meningitis has damaged Henry’s hearing and so, if he doesn’t pass after the grommets have fallen out then we’ll need to consider hearing aids for him – and that, being completely honest, for some reason, makes me feel very uneasy.
Now, in my rational mind I know that this is a simple and straightforward procedure.
I know that he will be fine. That it’s routine and done hundreds of times a week. And that if, after it all he needs hearing aids then that is NOT a problem.
But yet I still feel like my world is spinning.
I feel sick. I’m worried. I’m nervous. I’m tired.
So, so tired.
Henry on the other hand, thankfully, is full of beans. He’s his usual belligerent self, shouting at his sister, raiding the fridge any chance he gets and stomping about the place wittering on to himself and anyone that will listen (and pretend to understand what he’s going on about!).
Tomorrow is unknown. I don’t have a clue what to expect. And I think that’s half of the problem.
I am, as you now know, a planner.
I’m strengthened by structure, and lists, and details.
Tomorrow makes me VERY nervous.
Once again, I’ll be on that ward.
The ward I had really hoped we’d never have to return to.
And once again, my baby will be handed off to someone else to take care of.
My control of the situation will be gone and, for a short time, so will my beautiful, smiley, happy son.
If you have any experience of this, or you can offer any pearls of wisdom to help me through then please feel free to comment.
Here’s to a quick and easy procedure, and to never having to go through this again!
But for now, we wait…
*Image supplied by afairgo.net