|And on a brighter note, guess who slept through the night for the first time at just six weeks old! I am a lucky mommy! :-)|
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Just a quick prayer request!
For all of my dear blog friends, I am just requesting a little extra prayer for our sweet Mattox tonight. He failed his initial hospital newborn hearing screening test on his right side, and he is going tomorrow for a recheck. For many babies, it is absolutely normal to fail this test the first time, but because Mattox's daddy had a similar hearing issue in his right ear that resulted in the need for surgery to correct the issue, we are understandably a little anxious. We, of course, would like to avoid surgery for our little man if at all possible, but we are just going to place all of our cares and anxieties upon the Lord since He has lovingly brought our little man this far. We know surgery would not be the worst thing in the world, and we hope that our little man will grow up being able to hear all of the lovely sounds of life like his brothers' laughter, his daddy's beautiful singing voice, and his mommy's not so lovely singing voice. Blessings and many thanks, friends!
UPDATE: At our hearing retest last Friday, we confirmed that it does appear that Mr. Mattox suffers from some hearing deficiency in his right ear. His left ear was getting nice receptive ability though so we don't think he is missing out on much. We will pursue more testing with the audiologist and then possibly an ENT to find out what the cause is. We know this is not the worst diagnosis, and we are just so thankful for our sweet little boy's good health. I have even caught a few little smiles lately even when he is awake and I am talking to him. If he has indeed inherited his daddy's ear problems, it will likely be a surgical fix. His daddy had a deformed anvil in his right ear that needed to be removed and reshaped, and his problem was not even discovered until he was in the 6th grade. He has no trouble hearing in that ear now although he does suffer from some selective hearing which usually just means not hearing things his wife tells him. He did seem to develop super sensitive hearing in his left ear, and earlier in our marriage, he would have to sleep with his left ear down in his pillow because he would hear every little sound and have trouble sleeping. I think he has lost a little of his hearing sensitivity since then probably due to his work around loud logging equipment even though he is careful to wear hearing protection. So even if our little man needs surgery, it will likely be much later in his life, and he will likely develop supersonic hearing capabilities in his left ear until that time.