Back in November 2013, I talked about how Nakayla will undergo a day surgery in the second week of January 2014 to fix the Preauricular Sinus issue.
Well, we didn’t go for the surgery in the end. If we had, you’d know last Monday, cos that’s when I booked the surgery for.
When I first booked for the pre-surgery check-up and surgery date, I was confident about it. I was very sure that we will go through with it, and that it will solve the Preauricular Sinus issue.
Then, I started to be unsure. Not so much on the surgery procedure, but the caring after and the bill that’s to follow.
I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So at her 12 months old check-up, I told Nakayla’s PD about her infection and my concerns for the surgery. He checked on Nakayla’s ear and gave me some feedback and suggestions.
He said that the surgery wasn’t necessary, but I could also go ahead with it, if I felt that there is really a need to fix it. I was still unsure about it, to which he suggested, not word for word but along the lines of, “Maybe you can monitor her ear for another year and see how frequent the infections are? If it’s too frequent, then a surgery might be the best way out. If it’s not, then just leave it.”
Nakayla’s PD also gave me the rough price range for the procedure. And to be honest, I was really shocked. For something that I’ve been told was really simple, in and out within 30 minutes, I wasn’t expecting the price range to be higher than the surgery Blake had when he was a year old! That was a far more complicated surgery!
So what I did next was to check with the insurance. But seriously, why do I even bother? I’ve noticed that as long as the child is less than two years old, whenever we try to get an insurance payout, they’ll just reply with, “That’s classified as congenital”. And just by saying the word, “congenital”, they don’t have to pay for anything related to that issue. And because this issue is recorded before Nakayla’s two and above, even if I were to plan for the surgery to be 2-3 years later, it’s still not claimable. Sigh. Makes me wonder if I should’ve just brought her to a regular GP instead of KKH when she first got the infection.
But oh well, that’s all done and over with, and so last year (haha! trying to inject humor here!). No point harping on it anymore, right?
So in the end, we decided that since it wasn’t urgent, or even necessary, we’ll monitor her ear for a year like her PD suggested. I suppose we can take all the time we need. It also helped that Shanice, a reader of this blog, shared with me her own experience as her daughter has Preauricular Sinus as well. Thank you, Shanice!
So dear Preauricular Sinus, please do not get infected again. I’ll clean you with the nicest smelling baby wash my hands can take every single day. Just don’t get infected again, ok?