Friday, March 6, 2009
Imagine how much pain she must have been in, dealing with all of those ear infections in the first two years of her life that went undiagnosed.
I took Anya to the school district's audiologist this morning...again. Only this time I finally came away with the answer I was hoping to hear.
There's no hearing loss whatsoever.
I felt like telling him, 'I told you so.'
But I didn't
Instead, I said...YAYYYYY!!!!
Except not that loud. ;>)
Turns out Anya probably had some fluid in her ear back in October (hmmm...sound familiar?), and then she had the ear infection last month when they retested.
So yesterday they tested her, yet again.
This time she came out crystal clear.
Convinced something had been done incorrectly, the audiologist called and requested Anya come in first thing this morning so we could figure out what was going on. (Cuz, you know the mother knows absolutely nothing...never mind that she's been to enough hearing screenings, she could run the darn machine herself!)
So I took her in.
He poked and he prodded.
He stuck things in her ears and pulled them out again.
He had her repeat nonsense words...
Then he had her repeat words that made sense.
He played tones...and she raised her hand.
And when he was all done...
Drum roll please...
She was fine.
Actually, better than fine.
'Perfect' is the word he used.
He was dumbfounded - I was vindicated.
This is now officially the fourth year in a row Anya has failed an in-school hearing screening. The fourth year she's been to an audiologist...and the fourth year in a row that her hearing, in the end, has been proved to be absolutely normal.
This time it just took a little convincing.
So now they believe me that Anya has frequent bouts with fluid in the ear, which may or may not result in ear infections...and that there is usually no way for me to tell when she has an ear infection because there are absolutely no symptoms (no fevers, no pulling at the ears, no nasal discharge) until she wakes up in the middle of the night screaming...and by that time it is a raging infection that usually takes two rounds of antibiotic to cure.
One of Anya's 'leftover' issues is her incredibly high pain threshold.
I can only imagine why.
When we adopted Anya the orphanage doctor explained Anya got colds ALOT...just about every month. "She is ALWAYS sick," she said.
It wasn't until we got her home we realized any time Anya got a runny nose, it ALWAYS indicated an ear infection. (She doesn't get the runny noses anymore.)
So...imagine how much pain she must have been in, dealing with all of those ear infections in the first two years of her life that went undiagnosed. During her first visit with the pediatrician (in which we discovered she had an ear infection) the doctor told us the scarring on her ear drums are severe.
But miraculously her hearing has remained perfect.
I imagine this won't be the last time Anya will have to go to a sound-proof booth to have her hearing tested. The district's audiologist recommended screening her every two or three months through the school year to keep an eye on things. Which is fine. It will help us keep on eye on whether there's fluid building up again...and keep her hearing, because when she does have fluid in her ear, the loss is pretty significant.
But hopefully, this will be the last time Shad and I will have to 'prove' we're not totally incompetent as parents. We know what's going on with Anya's hearing...and we're on top of it.