Continuing from my earlier post about Nakayla’s Preauricular Sinus Infection…
The FIRST Follow-up:
It had been a few days since Nakayla started on the antibiotic course, but the infection in her ear don’t seem to be clearing at all. I was, naturally, worried.
We went down to the hospital about an hour earlier than the appointment time, thinking that we’ll be able to see the doctor at the appointed time, or earlier. In the end, we waited more than 30 minutes after our appointment time before we were called.
So while waiting, we took photos!
Her little teeth!
When we were finally called, Nakayla got checked, and I was asked by the ENT specialist if I wanted to admit Nakayla into the hospital that very night for surgery. Reason being, her ear infection don’t seem to be getting better, and we may as well admit her to undergo surgery to remove the swollen part. But she will be placed under general anaesthesia as they have to cut open the swollen infected part to let the area air dry on its own, and I have to return with her every single day, for at least 2-3 weeks, to get the wound cleaned.
Even though I was thinking she might have to go for it, I think my face kind of had a big fat ‘No’ on it. After an awkward silence, the ENT specialist offered another suggestion – maybe Nakayla could just continue with another week of antibiotics course. I didn’t know what to do, so I called Sean on the spot and had the ENT specialist talk to him. Sean, my knight in shiny armor, decided instantly. Nakayla was to have an extended course of antibiotics to get rid of the infection.
After that was decided, we made another appointment for a second follow-up, but not before the girl gets her milk before leaving.
The SECOND Follow-up:
The day did not start well for the second follow-up. I was having breakfast with my parents, and Nakayla was strapped onto me, when I felt something damp and warm near my thighs. I touched and looked down, only to find some poo leaking out from the sides of her diaper. Ever since she started on her antibiotic course, Nakayla’s poo has been little, but lethal. It somehow manages to find its way out of the diaper, despite how little there are!
But on this particular morning, it was explosive. I have photos of it, but I reckon it’s a little too gross for some people. If you need some description to give you a visual guide, here it is: It soiled half of her t-shirt, the sides of her shorts, my clothes, and the entire front of the baby carrier.
People around the coffee shop were staring, and I got a shock when I saw the full extent of it. I had removed her from the carrier to clean her up in my dad’s car (thinking it was just a tiny leak). My parents both got a shock too! And while I do have spare clothes for her to change into, I do not have enough wet wipes to clean up that kind of mess! So my dad drove us home to get washed up and changed before sending us to KKH.
We were a little late for our appointment, so we waited much longer for our turn. It was also terribly crowded!
Lucky for me, this girl is pretty easy to entertain for now. Just a biscuit and its wrapper can keep her occupied.
After seeing the ENT specialist (a different doctor from our first follow-up), I was told to let Nakayla finish up her current course of antibiotics before coming back for a third follow-up as her ear does seem to be better, which means the antibiotics are finally working.
While paying the bills, the little missy wanted her milk.
Drink, poop, sleep. Life of a baby is pretty nice sometimes.
The THIRD Follow-up:
The third follow-up was to ensure that her ear infection is indeed getting better, and to set a date for surgery to remove the ear pit track. As her ear pit has been infected once, the likelihood of it being infected again is really high. This was the one surgery that Sean and I were prepared to have Nakayla undergo, as I had read up about this particular infection prior to the first follow-up.
We reached a little more than an hour early. So early that the nurse told me that I was too early for my appointment and that I will have to wait a long time for my turn. After the last three visits, I was prepared to wait with Nakayla. However, in a strange twist of fate, within 10 minutes of waiting, we were called!
I was still busy taking photos when the nurse called for us. Haha!
The ENT specialist was the same doctor as the first follow-up, and he was very happy to see that Nakayla’s swelling ear pit looks much better. It’s still a little hard and red, but it has greatly reduced from the first time he saw it. He said we could proceed to schedule a date for surgery, but we have to return 2 weeks before for a pre-surgery check-up.
He informed me that it was a day surgery, a simple 30 minutes procedure, and that the wound from the surgery should all be healed in about 5 days.
It is highly recommended that we wait till Nakayla is above a year old before going for this procedure, but I was reminded not to delay it as there is a chance of re-infection.
So, the dates have been set. Nakayla will go for her pre-surgery check-up on Christmas eve, and her surgery will take place in the second week of 2014.
Will update further after the surgery. For now, I shall put the final pieces of her birthday party together! She’ll be turning one soon!