February 3rd, 2006

The next month will be quite a busy one for Dillon. We met with the ENT yesterday, Dr. McBrien. She was very friendly and took the time to answer our questions and listen to our concerns. They were not able to complete the hearing test, as Dillon got very upset about halfway through it. The results they were able to get showed the same as the past three tests did. The most common cause for abnormal middle ear function is fluid, so she will start treatment by putting tubes in Dillon’s ears. If fluid is the cause of Dillon’s hearing loss and abnormal middle ear function, the tubes should take care of that. While he is sedated for that prcedure, they will also perform an auditory brainstem response (ABR) once the tubes are in. An ABR is a test that measures brain activity in reposnse to sounds. It is a more accurate way of testing hearing in small children, and doing both procedures at once will prevent Dillon from having to be under anesthesia twice. The whole process should not take more than an hour, and Dillon will get to come home with us the same day. We don’t know the date for this yet, but it will most likely be in the next couple of weeks.

Next Friday, he will be seeing a different orthopedic surgeon regarding the torticollis and his feet. In March, he has follow up with Dr. Jackson (craniofacial surgeon) and Dr. Rao (opthamologist). The defect in his skull has not yet closed, so I contacted Dr. Zakalik (neurosurgeon) about it. He said it’s possible that it will still close on it’s own, someimes they do take quite a while. In the meantime, he is ordering a CT Scan for March to check on it and make sure all is well.

We have quite the little problem solver on our hands! Dillon has learned that if something is out of his reach, he can grab a “tool”, like a spoon, to make his arm just long enough to reach. He did this last night at dinner in an effort to grab the roll off my plate. It made us laugh so hard. He thought he was being so sneaky using that spoon to knock the roll right off my plate and then pull it toward him. Apparently he really likes bread! He also enjoys making a step stool by sliding his toddler chair to the counters, or flipping over the little trash can in the bathroom. It’s really an awesome thing to watch him figure out how to solve a problem, his little mind is always in gear!

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