Jack is now 9 and has had his ears cleaned out so many times that he knows what to expect- they have a procedure called micro T and suction under general anaesthetic. Basically the ENT man hoovers out the ears. Sometimes though the wax and skin form keratin - which you probably know anyway - is the stuff that hardens your nails and then they scrape the ear, taking a layer of skin off the drum.
Jack always wakes up in pain and with a headache and the time before last he had trauma to his ear drum and they bled. The second last time it took 3 nurses and myself and the anaesthetist to hold him down while they put him out so it was decided to give him a pre-med and put him first on the list. It was awful as he had no control over himself and could'nt even cry, just whimper because he was so sedated, but he did'nt remember anything so it was judged to be a success.
This time round they gave him the premed, but forgot to put him top of the list eventhough I asked. Again he had no control and wet himself. By the time it was the turn of the child before Jack, the premed had worn off and they had apparently given him enough to knock a horse out! So again it took 4 of us - I had to lie across him and the anaesthetist held his head and put him out. I was very distressed and Jack was very frightened. He woke up in a distressed state and was again in pain.
We get on really well with the ENT man and the anaesthetist, but it was a disaster. They said they will have to re-think the whole thing for next time, but it's too severe to do it in their senses. Otherwise I can't fault them. I think the surgeon is next to God and would put their lives in his hands if I had to.
Gary does'nt have this problem and comes out of it smiling! This is the least traumatic way of doing the procedure for them and I really cannot fault the hospital otherwise, even down to the nurses. They know he is frightened and everything is done while he is asleep, the problem is getting him to sleep!