Exactly 2 years apart (in this very same chair) at the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor - Dr. Nau. Carter, at the age of 10 months, suddenly got an ear infection that 5 different antibiotics over a 2 month period, never seemed to go away. As a result, a day before his 1st birthday, he got tubes.
His tubes stayed in VERY WELL, never getting another ear infection for nearly 2 years. However, in the early summer of 2009, Carter got a bad case of swimmers ear and since that point has been fiercely afraid of getting ANY water in his ears, whether he is in the swimming pool or bath tub. In the last couple of months, randomly every few days, he would grab his right ear and complain a little. I would always ask him if it hurt or "felt weird," and he would always answer the later. The complaint would always disappear as quickly as it came about however we did get it checked out my his pediatrician, Dr. Cuming, 2 times this fall as well has taking him in 2 months ago when Addie had her "post op tubes" follow up with Dr. Nau. All visits resulted in the doctors saying it looked okay and let's just watch it.
Then, 2 weeks ago Ms. Sandy, Carter's teacher called saying Carter was crying and complaining of his ear and unable to sleep during nap. I immediately took him in the following morning to Dr. Nau (ENT) and he did say both tubes were out for sure and the right ear did look like it had fluid and was infected. We started him on 10 days of antibiotic and went yesterday for his follow up visit. On the way to the doctor, I asked him how his ears were feeling (knowing he hadn't complained AT ALL in last 7 days,) and he said, "Mama... they feel muuuuccchhhh better!" Ahhhh.... loved hearing that!
The doctor said hopefully this was just a fluke and since his ear canals are bigger and more developed, he won't be having regular infections like this. Blake and I have seen a dramatic difference in his personality the past 10 days, as far as less whining and bad moods, maybe this was the culprit.