Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Did you know? I didn't!

A couple of months ago I was called to be Primary President in our ward. While I was unsure of the calling, I was psyched to be in with Ruger and watch him participate. You can imagine my disappointment after the first three weeks of watching him cover his ears during singing time, climb over chairs and run back and forth between myself and his teacher...like he was bored. That's really funny saying that now, because he WAS bored....he was going crazy sitting there.
I have known something was going on for a couple of years, but we couldn't pin point it. Hence, the removal of his tonsils last year. Primary was the answer for both of us though, as well as my breaking point. I was talking with my friend Michelle and she mentioned his hearing. I said that we had thought about that, but because he covered his ears we didn't think he was struggling...and also the fact that he speaks OK...not perfect, but his doctor said some kids just don't pick up as quickly as others.
So without his pediatrician's consent (insurance and doctors have done us NO good this year...I quit!) we went to a Hearing Specialist and within 5 minutes she was able to tell us that he has a significant hearing loss in both ears and the fact that he speaks as well as he does was simply MIRACULOUS! (Yes, she said it just like that with italics and caps!)
It's been a few weeks with these little contraptions and his speech has come along way...and the best part is, We say we're having ham for dinner and he doesn't think we're eating our dog, Sam for dinner. Isn't he just adorable? He got to pick out his colors, so of course, we got blue and black swirls!


Disclaimer: We love our Pediatrician and would never consider going elsewhere. It's not unsual for people to think I'm completely paranoid and out of my mind, so we'll give him credit for atleast listening! :)

11 comments:

Lee and Roni Poston said...

So now when he is yelling at you, he is doing it on purpose? :) lol What a blessing. I'm so happy for Ruger. I bet he is going to progress leaps and bounds over the next few weeks and you will think he is a genius child. (not that you don't already think that) Love the blue too super stylish. Missing you lots.

emma said...

Wow welll is he learning to talk a little better? Now that he can hear that is. The ear thing really cool real cute pics of Ruger.

Hope said...

I am so excited for you Ruger. This is the best ever. Love ya lots Grandma Wall

Destini said...

Wow Tiffany, so glad you figured it out! I bet Ruger is super excited to be hearing everything (except maybe when you say "no" or when Sawyer yells at him)! Very stylish ear pieces!

Jeff & Ashlee Olsen & Family said...

Wow, I know you guys have wondered about this for a while, so I'm glad you got it all figured out! He looks soooo cute!

Greene Family said...

I'm so happy for you guys that you found your answer! I can only imagine how different things are for Ruger now, and I bet his speech will really take off quickly! Love the colors he picked out! He's such a cutie!

Kim said...

WOW! I am so happy you got down to the root of the problem and Ruger can hear! He looks so adorable with the ear contraptions. I hope his speech continues to improve!

Tonya said...

I am so glad you got it figured out:) Ruger is lucky he has such an awesome mom!

Amy Hamberlin said...

Isn't it amazing how a conversation can become a large miracle!

alicia said...

wow! Primary President! good job Tiffany :) And what a blessing to figure out some good news to help little Ruger!

Mary said...

Hello, I just surfed in to your blog and read this post on Ruger. I can so relate to what you are going through. My oldest son has significant hearing loss as well. Never knew because his speech developed beautifully! Go figure! I also had to go beyond the pediatrician to figure this out as well. Best decision I ever made.

Anyway, he has been wearing hearing aids since he was 5. He is now almost 13 and a straight A student in middle school. He also went from Green molds to very plain molds and wears his hair a little longer so that they aren't the first thing friends see.

One piece of advice: Seek out services from your school district. Many districts will test your child's hearing for free and develop a special plan for the classroom. Good luck on this new adventure!