Saturday, August 20, 2016

ENT Visit

I took Kiddo to the ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat doctor) because of a suggestion Nancy Kaufman made about Kiddo sounding very congested, almost like he had his nose plugged and that the ENT could tell us what is going on that might improve the quality of Kiddo's voice.

The ENT did.  Kiddo has enlarged adenoids and will have them surgically removed Sept 6th.  One of his ear tubes/grommets has fallen out and a tympanogram (a test for fluid and pressure in the middle ear) revealed that he still has pressure in that ear and so the ENT will reinsert an ear tube when he removes Kiddo's adenoids.  His other tube, inserted about two years ago, is still in place and doing its job well.

The ENT told me essentially the same thing as Nancy Kaufman, that Kiddo's voice sounds very congested, and that by removing his adenoids his voice could sound clearer than it does now.  He also said that Kiddo will probably get less frequent colds/coughs/croup than he does now.  The only risk, other than that of anesthesia of course, is that he could sound like he's whistling when he talks until he learns how to talk with a palate that is not being held in place by such large adenoids.  A temporary side effect should it occur, but one that would require time and specific speech therapy to correct.  We are praying that Kiddo not experience any side effects, that he have a speedy recovery, and that his speech would be clearer after the surgery.  How cool would that be?!?

Prayers greatly appreciated, especially on Tuesday, Sept 6th, and I'll write a post after the procedure sharing how it went.

For more information, check out this article: Tonsils and Adenoids: How Do They Affect Speech?

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