Thursday, May 28, 2009
When I explained this to the speech therapist and she witnessed her behavior yesterday, she had cause for concern. Supposedly, this is a sign of progressive hearing loss. She will go see the audiologist tomorrow for further testing. I just don't think I am prepared for the hearing loss to get worse.
On a happy note, I am currently listening to Harper play "Peep-Eye" with herself when she is supposed to be napping. It sounds like "P-Pie P-Pie P-Pie". Hilarious.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
He was very impressed with Harper's speech at 12 months. As you can see on the sidebar, Harper is up to around 12 words. He said that just 2 words at this age is within the normal limits. Yea!! He said this is phenomenal given her hearing impairment.
I also want to wish Luke a late "Happy Anniversary"! We've been married four years on May 16th and still honeymooning :) I'm so lucky to have a husband like him. He is so honest and trustworthy and really does have a desire to please God. Men like him are rare.
Friday, May 15, 2009
What I wasn't expecting was the strange feeling I have at the one year mark. While I am happy that she is growing and learning more every day, I also feel sad that I am losing my baby. It is like every day there is a new step toward her independence--no more bottles, no more formula, self-feeding, etc. I just can't imagine never being able to witness again the amazing things that happen in the first year of a baby's life. God knows the desires of my heart, and I pray that He will let us have another child in His time.
By the way, this blog has been WAY too serious for my liking. I promise I will try to lighten it up soon!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The doctor came in after the tubes were in place to tell us that the surgery was a success, but she had no fluid after all. He said the audiologist was performing the ABR and would be in to give us the results after it was complete. He said have a nice day, blah, blah, see you in a year.
In a few minutes the audiologist came in accompanied by the doctor. At that point I knew something wasn't right. She told us that the ABR showed a sensorineural hearing loss--moderate in the right ear, severe to profound in the left. I asked her to clarify what that meant, and she said that Harper could hear around 90 decibels in here left ear and a rock concert is 100 decibels. She recommended hearing aids in both ears. I asked, " How long will she have to wear them?" The audiologist said, "For life". There is no cure, no surgical fix. That is the point that reality set in, and I didn't hear much that was said after that.
The past two months have been life changing for Luke and me. We have dealt with the reality that things will be different for Harper, and things will be different for us as well. Of course, we still have a hard time dealing with this news, but God has allowed us to grieve quickly so we can spend our time focusing on helping Harper's development.
Today is my first Mother's Day. I am thankful for the blessing that Harper has been in my life. We are thankful for every single improvement. This situation has made us slow down enough to recognize the miracles that happen every day.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The therapist said that they compare her to a two month old baby's development since she has only been aided for two months. We are so impressed by her progress so far!