Saturday, September 29, 2007

What a BLESSING!!

Praise the Lord for all the improvements we have seen with Dillon. I think this, however, is one of the biggest improvements we have seen. Dillon went for another hearing test today. He is no longer considered "hearing loss" he is considered "developmentally delayed." What this means is that Dillon's ears are now hearing everything in conversation and even as low as a whisper (before he could only hear chain saws, lawn mowers, and air planes). The test showed that his brain is now responding to sound at these levels. This does NOT mean that he understands what he is hearing, nor does he react as a "normal" child would. Just like his eyes, his ears can hear and his brain may not be able to understand. He may never be able to comprehend language. However, this means he does not need the hearing aids -at least for the time being! The audiologist believes the improvement is due to removing the tonsils, putting the tubes in his ears, drying up some of his secretions, and that he is getting bigger. She also thinks, however, that part of the improvement is due to his brain making new connections. It is such a huge burden lifted to not have to try to put the hearing aids in him. Dillon's hearing will continue to be checked about every three months as it can get worse but it can also get better!

All we can do is read, talk, and sing to him, and of course KEEP PRAYING! Dillon has been cooing more, maybe this is because he can hear himself now. We also see his heart rate go up and/or his blood oxygen drop sometimes when JayDonn is crying right beside him. Plus, he woke up and started kicking and moving his arms today when the audiologist put a loud noise in his ears. These are the reactions we have to start looking for to see if he is understanding what he is hearing as there is no test that can help us with that.

Thank you for praying for him, even though there are physical reasons that may be contributing to his improvements, ultimately it is God that is allowing these factors to help! The doctors can try to use these things to explain his improvement, but they can't argue with his brain making new connections - only God can do that!

I Corinthians 1:26-31 - For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

1 comment:

Koala Bear said...

That is so great that he is able to hear! Rebecca is the same way, her ears can hear, she startles to sounds, but how much of what she hears she actually understands or recognizes, we are not sure.
Monika