Cody and I took Brandon back to the U of I Hospitals yesterday to meet with the ENT for a second time. In case you are a new follower to the blog, Brandon has what they are now calling a "neck mass" 1 -2 cm. in size - on the front middle part of his neck. At our first visit last fall with the ENT he determined that it is just that... a mass with nothing underneath it or inside of it. I describe it like this - God stitched him together with a little extra love and a little extra "fabric." ;) But as he grows, it will continue to grow... and when he's a teenager/adult it will be very noticeable, and he probably won't like it so much. Plus -- there's no way to be completely sure that there's nothing else underneath it unless they remove it. So... that's what we're going to do. We also had the ENT look at his ears yesterday because Brandon has had so many ear infections. And when we were with the doctor yesterday, he actually saw fluid in his left ear again. So he wants us have tubes put in.
So... March 11 we are going back to the hospital to have both procedures done at the same time. They will first give him an oxygen mask to put him to sleep and then give him his IV to "knock him out" after he's already sleeping. That way he won't feel the IV. They think the whole procedure - tubes and neck - will take about an hour total. Brandon will be put on antibiotics immediately following surgery to prevent infection due to the neck procedure and having to get stitches. Then one week later, we will have to go BACK to the U of I again to have the stitches removed from his neck.
I'm okay with the tubes... I want whatever has to be done to make him feel better, and I know how common tubes are. And you can tell that even when he isn't in pain, he does have some fluid bothering him in his ears because he is constantly batting at his ears... especially his left one. He has tons of tiny little scratch marks from his fingers behind that left ear.
I'm not so much looking forward to the neck procedure. The mass is super tiny, and I wouldn't think it would require more than one or two stitches... but he's my baby, and the thought of cutting him and stitching him and then having to remove the stitches... I hate it.
We won't know what time they are doing the surgery until the afternoon before... maybe not even until 8:00 the night before. They said they do the surgeries in order of the kids' ages with youngest going first. The first surgery starts at 5:30 in the morning. Even though that wouldn't be fun to have to leave in the middle of the night to get him there that early, I'm hoping it is at 5:30 because he won't be able to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before. Life won't be fun with a hungry and tired baby while we wait for the surgery!