The new ENT

My sweet sister-in-law ventured out in the snow with me today for the 100 mile trek to Grand Rapids where we met with the new ENT.  The roads were bad on the way up and I was not about to tell my mother in law that I had forgotten my license and credit card in my other coat.  We made it just in time!  God had once again gone before us and we were not one of the 6 cars I saw in the ditch.  Jack was poopy and hungry when we got there and the nurse was not amused that that put us a little behind her schedule. I know now that a miserable baby is a miserable visit for all of us, so I brushed it off and was happy to hear that Jack is now 13.8 pounds 🙂  I think its mostly in his cheeks and head – but he’s pretty cute. I went through our story and hoped and prayed that I said the right things.  The doctor came in for the exam. After seeing how congested he was he used an intense spray to clean his nose so he could put a camera down his nose.  He confirmed that Jack’s left nostril is completely closed and his right is very narrow.  He very bluntly said, “his nasal passages are very bad and he will most likely need a trachea”. I felt like someone kicked me in the stomach. I was happy though that they were taking my son’s condition seriously. They ordered a sleep study flagging the order as “urgent” so it sounds like we will be having it done before the first of the year! Praise God!  My sister-in-law was a Godsend today. She helped keep me calm through the slippery roads, held my screaming baby during the invasive test that I couldn’t watch, spotted me money when my gas light turned on, texted for me when my phone died… (apparently I am a terrible planner – nothing like displaying your flaws on your blog eh?) And we made it!  We even got to stop by for a short visit with some wonderful friends on our way home. So my friends, please keep praying. Pray that the doctor is wrong and that Jack’s breathing troubles are not severe. Pray that if they are and he needs a trach that I will trust in the great physician and will not be greatly shaken. Pray for the sleep study and for the people who will run the study to be the right people. Pray that I will not give in to worry or fear but that I will cling to the promise in 1 peter: 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV)


6 thoughts on “The new ENT”

  1. Shannin,
    I read every one of your posts. Thank you for writing. I love knowing whats going on in your life and I feel like I’m having coffee in your living room with you when I read your blog. 🙂 Miss you and definately will be praying!
    Sarah Carlson

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