Mr. Charming

Since we discovered that Benjamin does not have allergies and does have chronic sinusitis plus chronic infected adenoids, he has had four sinus infections.  In as many months.  We get him off antibiotics, and within two weeks, he is miserable again.  Crying, hitting, not sleeping.  Then, we get him back on antibiotics, and twenty-four hours later, he is Mr. Charming.

I took him in to the doctor on sinus infection number three.  “I think it’s time to see the ENT about his adenoids,” she said.

“I think so, too,” I replied.

I took him in to the ENT, who looked at his CAT scan.  “I think we need to take the adenoids out,” she said.

“I think so, too,” I replied.

Now, I’m not a big fan of CAT scans and surgery and general mucking about in a four-year-old’s body.  But I’m also not a big fan of my kid single-handedly creating SuperBugs because he’s rendered all of the antibiotics ineffective.  He’s been sporadically miserable for over two years, and we’ve always tried to correct the behavior.  Turns out, he was just pissed off because he was playing host to a colony of microscopic critters.

So, Friday it is.  They’ll be giving my kid anesthesia on Friday the thirteenth.  He’ll come home sore and not be allowed out for a week.  We’re shipping his brother off to his grandparents’ house for the week because I don’t need Zach pushing Ben’s buttons all week long.

Also because Zach just generally drives me bananas.

But then, maybe, just maybe, Mr. Charming can stick around a bit.

15 responses to “Mr. Charming

  1. Good luck! Oliver had that very procedure (tonsils and adenoids) last January…and I’ll never forget driving him home from the hospital – in another town, by myself – in the middle of a huge, sudden ice storm. That was fun.

    I’ll be thinking of you on Friday. Let us know how it goes.

  2. Hope everything goes well and recovery is QUICK. Very, very wise to remove the sibling – delightful as they are, thoughtfulness during convalescence is really not their thing. It’ll be so lovely for Ben when the ups-and-downs are all over!

  3. Good luck and speedy healing!

  4. Coming back to wish you a smooth operation this Friday and a speedy reappearance and a tenure for Mr. Charming afterwards.

  5. My thoughts are with you and Mr. Charming.

  6. Sounds like a good plan.

  7. Awww…hope it goes well. Stock up on the ice cream…for him AND for you.

  8. I’ll be thinking of you and Ben.

  9. Sending Mr. Charming good vibes and wishes for a speedy recovery!! We’ll be thinking of you all. Hugs!!!

  10. Sending healing thoughts your way!! Having Maggie’s tonsils out has changed our lives – she had strep so much it was rare for her NOT to have strep. A year later I still shudder at all the antibiotics she took. Hope he has a quick recovery.

  11. Good luck! Here’s hoping this helps the poor kid feel better . . . and helps his mama’s sanity by keeping Mr. Charming around more. ;)

  12. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for Ben’s surgery. I hope that it does the trick, and brings relief.

    Friday the 13th will be my son’s 2nd birthday, so I think it’s a good day for beginnings. :)

  13. My husband had the operation 40 years ago. Sorry to say, he’s still a crank.

    Here’s to everything going smoothly during and after.

  14. Hugs, hugs, hugs! We’re thinking of you guys!

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