Friday, October 31, 2008
The silence around here has been deafening hasn't it? Sorry about that, but the last four days have been a blurr.
First I want to thank all of your for your prayers and condolences. The girls are doing much better. The older one has been released from the hospital, but the baby (1 yr old) is still in critical condition. She is off the respirator though and breathing on her own. That is a big blessing.
Please continue to pray for the family, especially Me-'s husband who is having to comfort a one year old in a lot of pain and a four year old who can't understand why mommy isn't coming home.
In other news...
I think I have the flu.
It started on Monday and has been getting progressively worse over the last few days. Last night was the worst - I didn't sleep much at all. Today my voice is pretty much gone...and that doesn't work too well with a hard-of-hearing child! ;>)
Oh, yea. Anya's test results.
The audiologist says Anya has a 6% hearing loss in her right ear. He doesn't know what its from, but says it could be from the damage to her ears from all the ear infections she had as a baby.
I just want to scream. I know after we brought her home she was one constant ear infection. We were in the doctor's office almost every month for a year before they would consider removing her tonsils, taking out the adenoids and eventually putting in tubes.
On her medical report it didn't mention anything about ear infections, but they talked about her getting colds a lot.
The only symptom Anya ever exhibits with ear infections is a runny nose...also a classic symptom of a cold. How much do you want to bet she went with ear infections undiagnosed for about the first year of her life?
No wonder she didn't pull at her ears or show any discomfort at all, even with a horrible middle ear infection at the age of two!!!!
CAN YOU TELL I'M ANGRY?!
Every once in awhile this happens to me. I get incredibly frustrated over the needless suffering my children endured in the orphanage, and the permanent scars it left on them.
The audiologist wants us to take her to an ENT to have her checked out and in the meantime, Anya's teacher will be using an FM system. He said it is not affecting her academically, so I'm not sure why he needs to put her through the embarrassment of having to be different, but we're explaining to Anya she is getting to experience a little of what Maddie goes through every day. I think that has helped.
On a lighter note...
My brother, sister-in-law and their kids are in town from Oregon. We're pretty excited to see them. My whole family will be getting together for dinner on Sunday, which is a rare occurrence. Hopefully I'll be able to post some really cute pictures next week.
In the meantime, it may be a little quiet around here. I'm going to try to sleep off this bug.