By: Sara Lundquist
This little boy is such a joy in my life. He brings laughs, cuddles, and stress. The past few weeks I have had my mind racing. I have been quiet and retreated into myself, I believe it could be because my mind is on overdrive thinking speculating and wondering what will happen.
The past month or so Henry has said WHAT every other word. He was no longer responding to his name being called. I could tell him his hearing was down. Henry has had a mild hearing loss since the age of 2. His dad and I were concerned and got him into the audiologist. Henry has gone to an audiologist every 6 months since the age of 2. We always go to the same dr and Henry loves the experience. He loves the dr and has so much fun laughing at all the funny things the audiologist “finds” in his ears.
This appt his hearing dropped another 10 db’s. He has a conductive loss which means it is from his outer ear to his middle ear. It didn’t look like he had an ear infection. He has had tubes, adenoids and tonsils out. I really wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I have a bad habit of speculating on what could happen in the future. I am thinking ahead if his hearing drops more. I am thinking of struggling to hear of what is going on in school. I am thinking hearing aids, affording hearing aids. I need to turn that switch off in my brain. I need to live in the moment and know what happens it will be ok.
We received the report from the audiologist suggesting we take Henry into the doctor and then back to him in about 3 weeks for a retest. The report stated that there is a family history of hearing loss. He has a hearing loss in both ears and he has great chance for hearing loss in the future.
Friday my husband and I took Henry to the doctor to check his ears and discuss the results and what our next steps should be. He was given an antibiotic for some fluid that was in his middle ear. He was also given a nasal spray to see if that can open up the middle ear and eustachian tubes in his ears. I hope this will work and do the trick. We are to complete the prescription and then head back to the audiologist. If his hearing test doesn’t look any better than we will be referred to an ENT.
So for now I want to live in the present. No speculating that surgery or an ENT visit will take place. I will just give him the medicine he hates twice a day and hope it is helping it all.
I will try not worry about the future I will just love my little minecraft, taekwondo, cub scout little boy.