Yesterday, Killian had his 5 year wellness appointment with his doctor. Dr. D is great and very thorough. He was freaking out about getting shots. All I could say was "Hunny, it will be okay. If you have to get shots it will be quick." I wasn't sure if he was going to get them or not. I have his immunization card, but it seems like every time I would tell them they weren't going to get shots - they ended up needing something. So I wasn't going to tell him yay or nay.
That was the first question he asked the good doctor :) Her response was 'not today my friend'. He was very happy and relaxed after she said that. Just look at this picture...
|YES! No shots today!|
He weighs 41 lbs and is 41' tall :) He is a perfect square. He passed his eye exam with flying colors. He did everything she wanted him to do without any delays...except his hearing test.
At first I thought she just wasn't being clear enough on what she wanted him to do. So I got his attention and said, "Killian say 'okay' whenever you hear any kind of noise. That let's the Dr know you can hear the sound." He said "okay Mommy". He looked at me very concerned as if not wanting to disappoint me. :(
I felt helpless. I just wanted to do the test for him.
She did the test 6 times and he wouldn't acknowledge the low frequency sounds in either ear. She said she felt like 'he was flinching a little when the sounds came on - so he was probably hearing it. Maybe he just was an early 5 & not understanding the directions. ' I don't know....I just don't know.
And of course, he can't have his kindergarten health assessment form filled out with 'no problems' until he passes this hearing test.
I have already been down this road. I am really upset. I am upset because I have already taken him to a referred specialist for Speech and Hearing when he was 2 - and they said he was 'completely fine'. Now I am faced with a possibility that Killian may need a hearing device or something else. I will also feel guilty that he may have been needing this all along and has done without. That really angers me.
We are going back in about 2 1/2 weeks to re-test with more advanced equipment. I pray he just wasn't understanding the instruction. It wouldn't be the end of the world - I know this - but I hate the feeling that my child will have to struggle with anything.
Please say a special prayer for Killian...
But whatever the outcome - it will be fine. I just want him to be ready for school and not have any unnecessary obstacles to overcome if they can be prevented ahead of time.