As usual, I worried over nothing! The doctor was really nice; I liked him immediately and felt pretty comfortable with him. He listened to my concerns and I was very happy that he didn’t jump to surgery right away, nor did he even mention trying more meds.
The doctor agrees that Joshua’s adenoids likely are the problem, but he also might have issues from enlarged nasal “turbinates.” I’d never heard of this until today, but basically it’s the spongy bone structure within the nose. Joshua’s appeared to be extremely enlarged and this will certainly contribute to chronic “stuffy nose.” Unfortunately today, Joshua had a slightly drippy nose so the doctor can’t be sure whether the largeness is from a cold or the “norm.”
We went to the hospital after the appointment to have an x-ray taken, so they can see Joshua’s adenoids. The current plan is to go back in 3 weeks, when Joshua is hopefully past this “cold” or whatever is currently irritating his nose more than normal, so the doctor can better evaluate the “turbinate” issue. He wants to be sure one way or another so he doesn’t do unnecessary procedures. (I certainly appreciate that!)
I think we’ll end up with a surgery date for Joshua’s adenoids to be removed and maybe to have his turbinates “shrunk.” While both are surgical procedures, they can be done at the same time and both are very quick and simple – taking no more than 15 minutes. The doctor explained he uses electrocautery so there is no extra bleeding and no “cutting” making it an easier recovery. Joshua would likely have a sore throat for a couple days and that would be it.
To be honest, I’m not sure about the whole “turbinates” issue. From my quick reading online this evening, enlarged turbinates can be caused by allergies and that seems like something that would be better treated by an allergist and not surgical method. However nothing’s definite and we have time to think and pray and research, which we certainly will be doing!
Joshua did so good today! I was so proud of my little guy. The doctor was super nice to him and quick, but it’s still not fun for little kids to get their ears/nose/throat looked at. I held Joshua on my lap and I know he wasn’t thrilled, but he cooperated and I was so proud of him! He did really well with the x-ray too. I went with him and the nice tech held his head still while the other tech took the picture. Joshua was a little scared but I talked him through it and he again did so well!
Thank you for thinking of us and praying! Our next appointment is September 19th, so I will keep you posted!