A few days ago, my son woke up and couldn't hear out of one of his ears. A few days before that he was telling me that his cheek was swollen. This morning I had made a doctor's appointment for him and was telling a co-worker about it. She said that her nephew who's just a little bit older had the same thing about a year ago. It turned out to be a staph infection that required surgery and took months to clear up.
This ear thing is strange in that he's not sick at all. No fever, no pain, no nothing. The same way as my co-worker's nephew's started. We went to the appointment today and the doctor, who is not my favorite in the practice but who was the only one there today, said that something was definitely going on in his ear. He said there was fluid, pus, and maybe some blood. Then I told him about the cheek being swollen and he felt around on his face and then looked in his ear again for awhile. He said that it almost looks like a skull fracture. Was he joking? A skull fracture?!? Wouldn't we know if he had hit his head hard enough to cause a skull fracture? He was mumbling something about instead of it being a bright red like a normal infection, it's like brown, like dried blood. I don't know what to think.
He gave us antibiotics and said to bring him back for sure in 2 weeks and if it's not looking right yet, then they'll send us to the ear, nose and throat doctor. My friend doesn't think we should wait 2 weeks to see the specialist.
Does anyone else have any experience with something like this? I don't even know if I should be worried or not. If it is a staph infection, will the antibiotics start working on it? I guess with that other boy, the pediatrician didn't know what it was either and sent them immediately to the specialist. Should I just go ahead and make the appointment with the specialist on Monday without waiting the 2 weeks?