Friday Flashback

January 2007

Elijah was in third grade, crazy about The Magic Treehouse books and had to have his 2nd set of tubes put in his ears.  We were surprised that he needed another set due to his age but this poor boy was nearly deaf.  I remember getting aggravated over how I would call him and he would simply ignore me.  He could be playing in the yard and I would holler for him from the front porch, all the other children heard but some how Elijah never did.  We started noticing his lack of hearing more and more and I questioned his teacher to see if she ever noticed him not paying attention or missing instructions.  She confirmed that he did seem absent-minded on several occasions and if she was standing at the back of the class and called on him he would not respond.  One night as he was going up the stairs for bed Trey and I sat on the couch and said in a loud enough tone for him to hear us “I love you son.  Do you want a $100 dollars?” or something like that which would normally stir a response but he just walked up the steps without hearing a word of it! Oh how we cried, we had no idea how much hearing loss he had or if it could be restored.   I took him for testing where he sits in a sound proof booth with headphones on and then the operator test his hearing.   We found out he had 50% hearing loss and were scheduled with the ENT for surgery.   So our little man had the tubes put in and did just fine through it all.  His ears seem to be doing well now, he has since lost at least one tube and will not get near water without wax ear plugs.  I have had an ear ache all week-long which reminded me of our sweet boy and all his ear infections and surgeries.  I’m so glad he no longer suffers from all those aches…


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