Nicole - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
I know that all of us aren't doctors and nurses, but I would love some educated feedback and to hear about your experiences. My son is 11 months old and today I scheduled a surgery to open a clogged tear duct. Two issues I have with it:
1. The nurse tells me that they are going to put him completely under. Risky, for a condition that isn't harmful and poses no health risk. Or am I wrong?
2. After insurance, it is going to cost us at least $1000. We have to come up with the money before they will do the surgery, and we just lost a major source of income last month, so we are struggling to just pay bills. It may come down to this or the car payments.
SO, WHAT DID PEOPLE DO BEFORE THIS SURGERY? WILL NOT GETTING IT HARM MY SON? IS IT WORTH THE RISK? I know that when I was a child, the doctor wanted to put tubes in all of our ears and take out two kids' tonsils (out of four kids). My parents didn't have the money. We are all still here, with perfect hearing and tonsils. Now the tonsil surgery is 'out of vogue'...
On the other hand, he is almost a year old, his eye is always 'gooky,' with yellowish puss, and the area around the eye is also frequently swollen (eyelid and inner corner especially). Since he was around six months old, his eye is usually swollen and in most pictures it looks like his eyes are two different sizes. This doesn't bother me unless it is permanent--I don't want my son to go to school with strange eyes, and be embarrassed by it.
My doctor told me to use antibiotic drops only when the eye was red, which hasn't happened in months. I am toying with the idea of doing another round of antibiotics just to see if the eye will heal better with the inflamation gone, if maybe that will help it open on its own. When I used the drops, the discharge would be clear and runny, but reverted to yellow and oozy within two days each time. I worry about the side effects of using drops in his eye. Lately I have to clean out his eye twice a day, which he HATES and I worry that it hurts him... but he could just be irritated with me.
I just want to do what is best for my son!