The Tears Never Stop

iain's at 2My two year old son is having a minor operation tomorrow morning: one of his tear ducts has been blocked for over a year, which makes it prone to infection (although he hasn’t had one). The only symptom that anything is wrong is tears running down one side of his face occasionally.

The procedure:

A surgical probe takes about 10 minutes. A thin, blunt metal wire is gently passed through the tear duct to open any obstruction. Sterile saline is then irrigated through the duct into the nose to make sure that there is now an open path. Infants experience no pain after the probing.

He has to be given general anesthesia.

Being a parent is hard on the nerves.

4 Replies to “The Tears Never Stop”

  1. I don’t think I’ll ever have kids. I’d have a fatal stroke long before they made it out of childhood. I have enough sympathy symptoms already whenever Jenny’s sick (it’s weird, but it happens all the time).

  2. glad all went well…anytime you are “put under” there are potential ickies…i think that is an accepted medical term…

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