Monday, March 17, 2008

Ear Drum

I've mentioned here before that Rolo has had some persistent ear infections. In fact, I'm not sure, and his doctor isn't either that any of the infections have actually gone away. His last round of antibiotics was a couple of weeks ago and since then Rolo has continued to pull at his ear. Which could be just something he does. But I'm inclined to think his ears are still bothering him.

He's been rubbing his cheeks and ears a lot since Thursday, and I thought his gums might be bothering him, but I also suspected his ears too. He has an appointment scheduled with his doctor for tomorrow anyway, so I didn't think much of it.

This morning, however, I noticed Rolo's left ear was caked in dried blood. Upon further inspection, so were the fingers on his left hand. I cleaned the ear out the best I could, without actually going into the ear canal, but the dried blood is in the ear canal too. It's possible that he scratched his ear, and because he was sleeping with his head to one side, the blood ran into his ear canal.

But my guess is that the blood ran from the ear canal because the poor little guy's ear drum burst. I feel terrible.

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At 4:38 PM, Blogger Christy said...

Poor baby!

My sister Cathy had recurring ear infections as a kid. She had tubes put in her ears every year for 4 or 5 years until they eventually took her adenoids out. She wore ear plugs and a bathing cap when we went swimming (including on the beach). Her hearing is fine now.

I hope Nolan is okay.


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