Thursday, August 14, 2008
Yesterday I told my Mom that maybe I should just stop going to the doctor, then I wouldn't get any more bad news! Yesterday Ian and I spent a better part of the day (10:45am-5:30pm) at the ENT and then at the hospital. We had an ABR done, aka the sleep test. I'm sure most of you are well versed in doc lingo, but for those of you lucky enough not to be I'll explain what an ABR is. An ABR is a test that measures the brain's responses to noises when an individual is asleep. Ian did really well with the sleep deprivation (no a.m. nap, so he'd be sleepy for the test and no food 8 hours prior to the test). The thing he didn't like was the yucky tasting sedative they had to give him, which they had to administer very slowly with a needless syringe so he wouldn't aspirate. He screamed bloody murder! So anyway, it all went smoothly after he'd fallen asleep, which was pretty quickly. So, the long and the short of it is that Ian has mild to moderate hearing loss. The audiologist isn't sure why he's had the hearing loss. He passed his newborn hearing test just fine. It could be the blasted Ds. So...this means our little guy has to get hearing aids. Truth be told I was yelling at God inside my head when I got the news, "Why God? Why has my sweet, little Ian had to go though so much suffering in his small life? It's just not fair."