Thursday, May 26, 2011

Myringotomy and Other Big, Fancy Words

It's 2 a.m. and I am in bed, awake. I have been tossing and turning in a cold sweat for what feels like an eternity, waking up every thirty minutes, at best. In only a few hours, I'll be getting up to begin a day that I have been dreading for months.

Tomorrow, my baby gets ear tubes.

But ear tube surgery is not such a big deal, right? According to two otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) specialists and everyone else I have asked who has personal experience with ear tubes, it is one of the most simple, routine, low-risk surgeries one can have. And yet I find myself lying here wide awake, mere hours before my little guy's surgery, and all I can think is, "What if this is a huge mistake?"