It occurred to me that I dropped the hearing loss bomb here in the blog a long time ago, and then never mentioned it again. We were pretty much just waiting to get our taxes done, so that the state could approve us for aid to pay for the hearing aids. That’s finally done, so we should have an appointment with the audiologist sometime soon.
Today, SillyBilly had another appointment at the Children’s Hospital, this time with the genetics department. They’re going to rule out a genetic abnormality as the cause of his hearing loss. My mama’s instinct tells me it’s not genetic, but it’s better be sure, for his future children (and so that we could have Napoleona tested if necessary).
He had his first blood draw ever (I’m not counting his birth experience, since he was pretty much checked out for those) and he was amazing. He was slightly apprehensive but sat very still, and only drew in his breath rather dramatically when the needle went in. No tears or anything. Of course, the phlebotomist was excellent, as I’m sure one would need to be to draw little kids’ blood all day. And he got a very special pirate skull bandage! Too exciting.
SillyBilly also had an EKG to rule out a heart murmur, which evidently often goes along with some genetic hearing loss. The technician wheeled in this rather small cart, about the dimensions of a two-drawer filing cabinet, with a laptop-sized computer on the top. She stuck sticky tabs to his chest and legs, attached wires to the tabs with clips, turned the thing on, and was done in about 2 minutes. Amazing! The wonders of modern technology.
So, we wait for about 2 months to hear back on the blood tests, and in about 2 weeks he will have a CT scan to make sure his inner ear is formed properly.
May I just say–my boy rocks? He was so good today. Partly because he got to go on a special trip with Mama and Papa, and the hospital does try to make things friendly (they even let him take home a book that was in the exam room, and when you get out of the elevators, each floor has a different mural or even interactive wall art). But he was charming the doctors with his giggles, took our refusal to buy an ice cream for dessert at lunch with equanimity, and stayed chipper until bedtime even without his normal nap.