Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Surgery Date set and other ramblings

Praise God! Monday's appointment confirmed that Luke's MRI and CT scan were normal. We will be going ahead with bilateral cochlear implant surgery at Brenner's Children's Hospital on September 18th. This surgery gives Luke his only chance to be able to hear and learn how to speak. Surgery rates are very high in children under the age of 5 years old.

Yesterday, Luke had his ophthamology exam. Everything was normal and he doesn't need to be seen for 2-3 years. He also received his loaner hearing aids and is doing well with them. He doesn't like me putting them in or taking them out. But, overall, I would say he has been very compliant with them. He has only tried to pull them out once over the last 2 days. It seems as though he is hearing some loud sounds with his hearing aids, such as the vacuum cleaner running,the microwave, and the van door opening and closing.

Tomorrow Luke goes for his PT evaluation.

We have decided to take the plunge and home school the girls this year. I ordered my curriculum yesterday...

Jo Anna

Friday, August 3, 2012

Monday results and the road ahead

This day has been in the making for close to a year. On July 29th, 2011, our family stepped out in faith to inquire about 2 brothers available for adoption from the Philippines--being told that the little one has some degree of hearing loss. Some 10 months later, our sons sons arrived home to join their forever family.

We meet on Monday afternoon to hear the results of Luke's MRI and CAT scan that were done on August 25th. During this appointment we will find out whether Luke is a candidate for cochlear implant surgery.

Luke's ABR hearing test on August 25th showed the same results as the one done in the Philippines in September 2011. It confirmed that Luke's hearing is estimated to be in the profound hearing loss range bilaterally. All other preliminary tests and evaluations have already been performed, so we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to implant within the next 4-6 weeks.

We have such a long road ahead of us regardless of the path before us. On Tuesday, Luke will be fitted with loaner hearing aids for a trial period. It will be interesting to see if we get any response whatsoever from them. How will he react to something on his ears?! After all, he is only 2 & 1/2 years old...

Our family continues to be grateful and humbled by the love and support we receive by the body of believers both near and far.

Our prayer for Luke has been John 9:3"...but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

Keep watch for an update on our appointment!

Jo Anna

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sarah turns 10 today!

Happy Birthday to our creative, fun, and beautiful baby girl today! Who knows what adventures God has planned for you? Carry that joy with you always!