Matthew saw our wonderful cardiologist, Dr. Anderson, last week. His heart is still looking good! We didn’t expect any less, but good news is always appreciated. His repaired valve is still leaking mildly, but not enough to be of concern, and the right upper chamber of his heart is slightly enlarged because of the leakage, but it hasn’t changed from last year. Matthew was SO good and cooperative for the tests, the doctors were able to get a really good, clear pictures. So, with smiles on our faces, we said goodbye to Dr. Anderson until next year!
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All of Matthew’s hearing tests since his ear tube/tonsil surgery have been equivocal, meaning the doctors really can’t tell how well he is hearing. So today, Matthew had a specialized hearing test called an ABR. He was under anesthesia for over two hours, while doctors measured his brain response to sound. It is the best way to know what a child can really hear, and although we were not excited about another procedure and more anesthesia for our little guy, we need to make sure he is hearing as well as possible.
The doctors took very good care of him, and we were even able to get his annual bloodwork done while he was under anesthesia. They gave him some Versed before they took him back, so he was very relaxed about going back for the procedure (and probably won’t remember much about the whole ordeal!) The anesthesiologist gave him a pretty hefty dose of anesthesia, too, to make sure he didn’t wake up during the long procedure. But, waking up was difficult. It took Matthew a long time to come out of the anesthesia, and when he did wake up, he was mad. He was pretty upset for several hours, and even his favorite Signing Time videos weren’t able to calm him down. Aaron finally took him for a drive, hoping to put him to sleep. He didn’t sleep, but he did calm down, and when they got back around 4:00 this afternoon, he ate his first solid food of the day: cucumbers, frozen peas, cheese, summer sausage, and crackers. After a good snack, we finally saw some smiles, and an hour later, he was as goofy as ever.
The results? Not quite normal, but good enough. It’s what we’ve come to expect from this one. Nothing is ever “normal,” but we’re happy with “good enough!” He may have some small hearing loss of very low tones, and some of the readings weren’t quite normal, but it looks like one of his ear tubes may be plugged, interfering with the readings. For now, his doctors are satisfied that he’s hearing everything he needs to hear, and we’re happy to not enter the world of hearing aids … at least for now.
It’s been a long day, and we’re all exhausted. I wish we could say we’re done with anesthesia and procedures for awhile, but Jesse’s tear duct is still plugged, he has another infection in that eye, and it will need to be probed again soon. The staff at St. Mary’s same-day-surgery are getting to know us a little too well.