We're just back in from the hospital. DX had a mastoidectomy on his left ear this morning, and the ear tube replaced in his other ear. While I knew that the mastoidectomy would involve an incision behind his ear, I wasn't prepared for the extent of it. It pretty much starts right under his earlobe and travels around to the top of his ear. Poor baby.
The good news is that what appeared to be a soft tissue growth in the CT scan seems to be "just" inflamed and old scarred tissue, likely caused by numerous untreated ear infections (babies with cleft issues are very prone to these). The finally pathology report will take a week or two to come in, but the ENT doesn't seem too concerned that it is anything more than that. He does believe, though, that DX's eustachian tube in that ear is probably permanently damaged from scarring, so he may need ear tubes on that side indefinitely.
DX was a little more upset this time when it was time to go to the OR. I suppose the memory of his palate surgery - only 6 weeks ago- is still fresh. He almost didn't get to go in at all! During the preliminary questions, I told the nurse that he went to his first day of preschool yesterday, and that there were 2 confirmed cases of chicken pox there. Well, they quarantined us immediately until I could get the preschool on the phone (at 7:45 am!) to get more details. Luckily, the 2 children who got them were NOT in his room, so they let us out of quarantine and into the waiting room! Understandable, but a tad frustrating.
Well, I hope this surgery puts an end to them for a good while. He's such a little trooper, but I'm sure he's had enough. So has Mom!