Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Feeling better. . . Sort of

Well, I ended up with the "bug" and was down for the count yesterday. But, I am better, as are the kids, and so far no one else is showing symptoms.

Teagan had her audiologist appointment yesterday. All is well with her. Her hearing appears to be “normal” although it took a few tries to get those results. Because of her age, it is difficult to get a good reading, and I have to bring her back in 6 months to have her rechecked. I was also told to monitor her babbling and other language development as she ages for signs of a delay.

On the same note, TJ took Ta to have his hearing checked at a separate appointment. As you may recall, this child has had many ear troubles. He has had 2 sets of tubes, the most recent of which he received in April. Turns out, the left tube is completely out and the right tube is clogged with fluid behind his ear. At this point he has a conductive hearing loss in his right ear, and he has to go back in Jan. to have his hearing re-checked. I am just frustrated because I have done exactly what the doctor has told me to do and followed his advice as far as going through with surgery twice but his ears aren’t any better. I don’t know what else to do. At this point, he is normal in all areas of development, but I’m afraid that will change the longer he has fluid behind his ear. Hearing loss is a serious matter, and I am at my wit’s end. TJ, as much as I appreciate the fact that he took Ta to the appointment, didn't know how to answer me when I began to question him about the visit; they were questions he didn’t know to ask the doctor (this was TJ's first time taking him to the doctor. He was forced to because I can’t be in 2 places at once!)

I called today and spoke with the doctor's nurse. She was able to answer my questions, and although I hate that Ta doesn't go back until January, she said it's not uncommon for fluid to take up to 6 weeks to clear. If, when he goes back, the fluid is still there, we'll talk options then. For now, his left ear is able to compensate for his lack of hearing in the right ear. If his hearing is the same or worse in Jan. then we will discuss options.

I guess I need to make sure I'm able to go to the appointment! :)

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