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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:14 pm 
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Well the little man had ear tubes put in today, I sounded like a broken record but as soon as the registration nurse told me they give out popsicles (and I forgot ours) I was in alert mode. I must have told every nurse, dr. we talked to to please not feed him without checking the box. Even my husband thought I was getting panicy until the response from one nurse.."what exactly is the problem with giving him a popsicle"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :freak WRONG ANSWER to a mom who is handing over her child who has allergies. I explained that almost all popsicles contain peanut/tree nut trace....blank stare!!!
Anyway, they let us go to him asap after the procedure and the nurse let me give him the juice I brought as well as asked me personally to check the popsicle. I had been told over and over that they only have Chapman's but it turns out it isn't Chapmans but ICEBERG brand popcicle which states on the package no trace of peanuts or tree nuts. So all was well, but it does show that even some nurses don't get it!!
But this is what really has left me scratching my head now that we are home. In the OR, before they put him under (they let me go in and hold him) the dr. held up two tubes of chapstick, a pink and a brown (both from a ledge under his screen) and asked which he would prefer. Another nurse piped up that with all his allergies do not try anything..then we went right to putting him under and I was pre-occupied. BUT BUT BUT...once home I started thinking. Were they actually going to put a SHARED chapstick ON HIS LIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will ask the ENT this when we see him in 8 days as it is REALLY bothering me right now. one, gross, regular germs from lips to lips...... two...um ANAPHYLACTIC ALLEGIES which we went over with four different people. I mean, if they were going to put this on his lips..................do I need say more.

Oh, I did have one scare. Our son's belly was getting an itchy red raised rash. Turns out it was eczema flare up. I had asked admitting when we first got there if he could wear his own jammies due to the industrial detergent they use but he had to wear hospital jammies. The fabric/detergent proved too strong and his eczema flared right up. BUT, if that was the least of our worries it was still a good day. Ears dealt with and amazing care at CHEO.

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Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:07 am 
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Never heard of Iceberg brand

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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:58 pm 
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I contacted the company which makes ICEBERG ice cream products. All peanut and tree nut free. I was informed that Giant Tiger and Costco sell their products, ice cream bars, popsicles, ice cream, fudgesicles etc.. :happydance

ICEBERG PRODUCTS

Aliments Lebel Inc
724 Rue Principale
Lachute QC, J8H 1Z4

Phone #: 450-562-5500

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4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:47 pm 
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Well our DS had tubes put in Feb.1st. Until this point at 29 months he had under a dozen words he could say and not once ever had he repeated a word with our coaxing. Within two days after the surgery he had started saying about 20 new words, by the end of the month he was up to 100 new words, even putting words together. We THOUGHT his hearing was fine, he could hear a truck coming down the road or an airplane in the sky, but it turns out he really couldn't hear any articulation. It was like a switch went off and now as he hear words he repeats everything we say. His asthma has been totally controlled since the tubes also as we aren't dealing with ear infections every month (literally). He also used to get angry if I tried to read to him. Now he will not only ask for books but sit for 45 min. with me looking at books. :lol:
The ENT might do these procedures by the hundreds a year, they may be minor, but boy has this been life changing for our son. I sent a huge thank you letter to the ENT letting him know just how grateful we are.

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:41 am 
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I am so happy for you and your little man! :happydance :banana

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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:27 pm 
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BC2007, That's just wonderful! I'm so happy for you and your family, and especially for your little guy. His world has opened up to something he was unaware even existed! I'm sure the ENT specialist was overjoyed to receive your letter of gratitude. It makes their line of work immensely rewarding when someone so sincerely expresses their gratitude.

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12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:49 am 
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DS saw his ENT last week and sure enough his tubes have come out - however his ears were clear. Since the tubes DS began to talk, eat, was rested as he could sleep (pain and asthma), he has been happier and well, a different child.
In the past 6 days DS has been getting more and more sick, asthma , fever, runny nose. I took him to our Dr. yesterday and sure enough.....he has an ear infection!!!!!!! :freak After having 8 infections in the 10 months before his surgery and now already having an ear infection and the tubes must just have come out I am totally disheartened. He only had 5 words at 2 1/2 as his speech didn't start until after his surgery due to not being able to hear through all the liquid. He is JUST starting to catch up, learn colours, shapes, words!!!! And due to being so sick he didn't eat and had asthma flared up for a year. Now I dread we are going right back to square one. He is sick, isn't eating, is up at night. I called the ENT's office and the Dr. had them call me back but he doesn't want to put the tubes back in until we see if DS has another string of infections. :| With DS's track record I hate to say it but I'm not optomistic about this being the only infection to come. SIGH!!!

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4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:07 pm 
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How many do they consider a string to be? At what age does the eustachian tube start to slant enough to allow drainage? It could be that he doesn't need them...

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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:22 pm 
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The ENT said that by age 4 they can start to correct and almost every child by age 5 is corrected. DS was 3 the end of Sept. so 4 still is a LONG way off in my books. The ENT is seeing DS again the end of May, if he's had two more infections (not counting this one) in that time frame he will book him for tubes. The good news is that if DS does need them in again I was told there would be no wait. :wink: Fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed that this is the only one ..or the next few months will be very long.

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4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:56 am 
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Since they stayed in such a short time, if he does require them again, you could ask the doctor about the T shaped ones. They don't fall out, and need to eventually be removed by the doctor (I assume under anesthetic). My son never had them, but my nephew did.

I am not saying your ds should have them....I'm only suggesting you ask the doctor about them.

But, hopefully he doesn't need any more tubes at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:52 am 
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Those sound quite beneficial AnnaMarie. I'd love any kind of tubes put back in!! I am not one to push surgery or medications BUT when he had such a poor quality of life before the surgery and then that turned 100% for the better within a day after surger....I would have tubes put back in a heartbeat. It really dismays me that the ENT wants to see a string of infections first, I mean, by the time he has multiple infections and we wait for his appt. the end of May to roll around, then even if they rush them (which I assume means a few weeks still), by then we are nearing the summer if not longer. Really, why make him go through that.
With DS's track record of infections I am not trying to be pessimistic but there is quite a definite reality that this is how the next few months will pan out for him.

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:56 am 
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Yes, but the tubes are recommended for 8-18 months and he had them more than 8 months. Also, any surgery is risky so...

It is nice to know where you stand (pro vs. anti) before they are offered. Sometimes it's a big delema.

I'm all twisted up from crossed fingers to crossed eyes, hoping he won't need them!

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 Post subject: Re: Ear tubes?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:28 pm 
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I'm all twisted up from crossed fingers to crossed eyes, hoping he won't need them!


Thanks Susan :huggy

Hadn't heard the 8-18 months, I'm sure every dr. is different. Our ENT said the best scenario for us would have been for DS's tubes to stay in place until he was over 4 but there is no way to predict if or when tubes will come out on their own. The antibiotics have finally kicked in and he finally has no fever and seems to be perking up. His asthma I'm really staying on top of and it seems to be better under control today.

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4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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