Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Pediatrician's Verdict

I took Owen to the doctor's today to rule out an ear infection. It was, in fact, ruled out. The doctor said that his ears look clear and weren't red at all, which leads him to believe that there isn't any fluid behind the eardrums. We both called his name multiple times and, though he'd smile sometimes, he wasn't turning his head toward the noise. It's hard to know if he was smiling because he was looking at Eli or if he smiled because he heard our voices. In the end, the doctor said that he was going to record 'hearing loss' in his chart, which could be changed if the official tests say otherwise.

He agrees that we should get Owen tested though, and thinks it's a good idea to get Eli tested as well (since he didn't do all that great at turning toward sound either - what gives?!) So March 4th is the big day when they'll both be tested, but you better believe that we'll be praying hard until then (and covet your prayers too).

I have to say though, that I don't have this sense of dread in me. I don't know if that's God's peace (see previous post) or if it's because there's really nothing wrong. I'm praying that they are both less responsive because they are so used to tuning each other out that they just aren't bothered by noises. I was encouraged this morning though, when I went into wake up Owen. I called his name softly and he opened his eyes and looked at me. I wonder if he just gets too engrossed in playing to respond to noises? The place we're taking them to get tested specializes in hearing issues, and they are also infant specialists... so at least they'll know what they're doing. Less than two weeks to wait, but that still seems like an eternity. Updates to come.

4 comments:

Janet said...

Thanks for the update, Beth. You're all constantly on our hearts and minds, and in our prayers!

Janice said...

Prayers coming your way!!!

Becky said...

Am praying, Bethie!

debojo said...

Beth:

Hi, you actually don't know me. I stumbled onto your blog from Suzannah's (we worked at Ligonier together) - and I saw this post and the last one. *Actually we've met once, and I went to GCC, but I'm not sure you'd remember me (and I'm pretty sure your husband is good friends with some good friends of mine from GCC too)*

Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that my son who is 19 mo. was born with a mild-moderate hearing loss. The infant hearing screening that they do in the state of PA caught it, but through a lot of other testing, we got the official verdict when he was pretty young (6 weeks). I just wanted to let you know that if you have any questions about the testing (although I'm not sure what tests they will be doing on your sons) or anything else, please feel free to email me: debojo@gmail.com Like you, I am sure, I had never even considered the possibility of hearing loss until we got the news so everything surrounding it was completely new territory for me.

Of course, I pray that they have perfect hearing - but I just wanted to let you know that I have been there if they don't, and I am more than willing to be a resource if you need anything. I know this can be a very scary and uncertain process, but I also know that whatever the outcome, God has a perfect plan for you and your family.

Deborah (Perry) McKinney