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Posted by NickD ( on March 20, 2000 at 11:02:22:

In Reply to: Yet another 'why' question, what branch of medicine should be treating CH's posted by NickD on March 20, 2000 at 09:57:28:

My two youngest babies were born with plugged tear ducts, a fine wire is inserted into the tear duct to break open the passage through the nose, with my first child, 3 months old, the doctors insisted on putting me out, signing the release form scared the hell out of me as the anesthetic could cause death, not very likely I was assured, but then why did I have to sign the release?

The second child at three months old, I begged the ophthalmologist if my daughter could be given a local and that I hold her to keep her calm, he has worried that I would pass out or some crap like that, but I convinced him, during the procedure, the ophthalmologist, an anesthetist, and an ENT were all crowded over me, the anesthetist put in the eye drops, the ophthalmologist inserted the wire, and the ENT took over when the wire broke through that 1/32" blockage into the nasal cavity, a nurse was also present to be assured that I would not pass out dropping my baby, it was over in about 30 seconds, she cried for a couple of seconds, but then smiled when I said, "all done", but wondered if liability has really made all of this expertise necessary, had a 50 yard seat, the wire only went in about 3/8". But that was much nicer than waiting in the waiting room for "hours" wondering if I would ever see my baby alive again.

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