My daughter rarely gets sick. Every illness she’s ever had pretty much manifests as an ear infection. Or two ear infections.
This started when she was two — and only stopped during the couple years after she had ear tubes in first grade.
The poor child inherited my seasonal allergies and her father’s bad sinuses.
Her head is constantly full of fluid and her ears are always clogged.
And for about the last five years she has gotten ear infections twice a year, every time summer switches to fall and every time winter melts into spring.
So I took her back to the ENT practice that put in her last set of ear tubes. The doctor didn’t want to put them in because at her age, and with only two ear infections a year, she wasn’t a candidate.
I mentioned the fluid in her head.
We scheduled the surgery for Nov. 8.
The doctor also advised removing her adenoids.
The surgery was a success and my kid was hysterical when she came out of anesthesia.
But an unexpected thing happened.
She experienced a thing called a runny nose. In the past, the congestion was in her head and wouldn’t come out her nose.
She’s struggled with learning the appropriate technique for blowing her nose. And she literally asked me how to do it. That’s not something I ever had to explain.
But then she told me the funniest thing— air was rushing up her nose and down her throat. That going outside in the cold winter air sent that frigid air in her nose and down her throat. And she didn’t like it.
She said she wanted the surgery reversed. She wondered if she could get adenoids reconstruction surgery because she doesn’t like having a nose that works.