Thursday morning I woke Jade up at 6:30, got her dressed in some warm sweaters, hat, mitts, and we drove to the hospital. I had the flu and really shouldn’t have been at the hospital, but Michael absolutely had to work that day and I couldn’t really send Sonja to the hospital with my soon-to-be-anesthetized keto kid.
The surgery went smoothly, as expected, and although the Medazolam withdrawal was awful (crying, incoherent demands, shrieking, and general freaking out) Jade came through with flying colours, with two tubes perforating her eardrums.
The next day I was in bed, but I overheard Jade saying to Sonja, “Everything is louder now.”
Today we went to see Jade’s audiologist. Lalia peeked into Jade’s ears and told her that her tubes were bright green. She tested the eardrum for pressure, and for the first time since November, the eardrums didn’t push back. Next she ran a test that measured the nerve response in Jade’s ears. This is a test that Jade had never had before because it can’t be done when there is fluid in the middle ear. Jade’s ears were perfect.
We’ll go back to see Lalia in 6 months. “It’s so good to finally see your ears up and running!” she said to Jade.
I can’t believe this fight is over and suddenly we have exactly what we wanted: clear ears that hear the way they’re supposed to. Just like that.