Throughout last year Maya had numerous colds and repeated ear infections (which I wrote about here, here and here). Our visit with her ear specialist last year showed that her ears were clear and she had normal hearing, but he wanted her to have regular hearing tests throughout this year. Then Maya began the year with several colds and another ear infection. After which I noticed that I was having to repeat a lot of things I said for Maya, but was that just normal toddler behaviour or a sign of a hearing problem?
I had her hearing tested last month and it revealed that she once again had glue ear and a 30% reduction in hearing in both ears. And grommets were recommended.
Last year I decided to wait and see what happened before trying grommets and during that time I used nasal sprays to help clear her nasal passages. But with the repeat of glue ear and a worry about her disadvantage in hearing I decided to go ahead with them.
It was an extremely tough decision for me to make, which I've found people generally haven't been sympathetic to. Immediately they tell me that it is a simple, easy, quick, common procedure.
Yes and it's because it's a simple, easy, quick, common procedure that I am deciding to go ahead with it. If it was an arduous procedure with high risk of complications for minimal gain, well I wouldn't even be contemplating it and I think people would understand that.
But this is my little girl, whom I love so dearly. She will have the grommets inserted under general anaesthetic, amongst a host of strangers, in a strange environment, with little or no understanding of what is going on. While the risks are minimal there are still risks. And I don't want to put Maya through all that.
Yes I have weighed the pros and cons and decided to go ahead with it, but I am still anxious about it and worry if I have made the right decision for my little girl.