Geo is a 4-year-old boy being raised bilingually in monocultural home.

Archive for May, 2013


So first, the good news: Geo is reporting that he can hear “really, really better!!” That is amazing! I have already posted this in my previous entry here. In addition to telling us this good news, he also told his speech therapist. She stated that when asked, he says he hears “really a lot better!” We are so pleased with this!

Now for the OMG! Tonight when we put Geo down for bed in his own room, our neighbors were having a loud party with music and a lot of kids making noise…the sounds of fun! So we decided to put him in our bed where it’d be nice and quiet. It’s a king bed. Plenty of room for our little four-year-old, right? Well, about 10 minutes after putting him down, we hear this huge thud. We run in to find Geo on the floor crying. He fell on the floor on his head and belly, according to him. The crying was not long-lived…but that thud was loud!

I’m not even going to write my fear. Instead I am just going to believe that his middle ear is still intact. If you’re reading this, please do the same and think positive thoughts for our little Geo!

Our very wise doctor who operated on Geo stated “You could make yourself sick over this sort of thing. Do what you can, but don’t worry about it too much.” That’s exactly what I plan to do. No worries…he is fine. His ear is fine. Healing perfectly!

More information about Geo’s recent ear surgery can be read here. Thank you for reading!!! 🙂


5 Days Post Surgery

Geo went back to daycare today. When I arrived to pick him up, he was in the kiddy pool splashing all around. We arrived home and he went out to run under the sprinkler with his sister. He seems to really be more like himself today! We have come a really long way since Wednesday, May 15th! He reported this morning that he is hearing “really, really better”!!!!!! We are so pleased to hear that! Now, if he can heal up nicely and keep that inner ear intact, we’ll be good!

I have kept my family and friends up to date on Facebook. Here are the informal updates starting with the most recent and working backwards:

Mary 19th: He is doing okay. Seems to be taking longer to heal this second time around. For the first time today, he brushed his own teeth…up until today, we’ve had to do it, very carefully, for him….opening his mouth was too painful. Tonight, he ate his gluten-free pretzels with hummus…first hard chewing he’s done since surgery…so we are on the mend, for sure! Tomorrow is his first day back to daycare.

Please keep all those healing thoughts-a-coming! If he can get through the next couple months with his inner ear still intact from this surgery, then we are golden!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!

May 17th: Geo slept through the night! He looks great today! First thing out of his mouth today was about playing games on the iPad…not about aches or pains…we’ll take it!

Keep those healing thoughts-a-comin’! We have to get through the next month or two with that middle ear still attached!

May 15th (Night of surgery): Geo just went to bed for the night…he will feel so much better in the morning, for sure. I’m hoping he falls asleep and doesn’t wake up til morning…we couldn’t give him meds again yet, and he fought the nurses on taking them the first time ’round so we will see what happens. He has never liked taking medicine…we had to bribe him in the hospital b/c he spit it all out the first time. He got 2 coloring books, 5 cars and a new robot app out of the deal.

May 15th (After my talk with the surgeon): Success!!!!!!! Geo’s surgery went great! 70% chance his middle ear will stay connected and that all will heal well! So for the next 2 months, he should be a little less ‘crazy’ in order to up the odds. Hearing should improve over the next weeks!

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone out there who has been thinking of Geo! We really, really appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. We are so grateful!!!!

Surgery Success!!!

Geo’s surgery was a success!!!!!!! Thank you everyone for all your well wishes!

To read more about why Geo had to have surgery again, please check out this blog post.

Here is Geo resting after surgery with his beloved teddy.

sweet geo

Geo’s middle ear has been reconnected and hearing should improve over the next week or two! The ointment that is filling the wound in his ear will slowly dissipate and his hearing will be better than ever! There was no further growth of the cholesteatoma, which is good. This means that his chances of future regrowth and subsequent surgeries is down to under 3%.  This is the best possible news!!

He’s not completely out of the woods yet, though. He has a 70% chance his middle ear will stay connected. That leaves him with a 30% chance of it not staying intact. This would mean he’d be back to 50% hearing loss in that ear. So for the next month or so, he should be a little less ‘crazy’ in order to up the odds. The doctor said we could make ourselves go nuts over this…especially since he tends to be so active. He said to do the best we can, but not to worry too much about it. We will certainly do our best!

Thank you again for all the positive energy and time you have afforded our sweet dear son! It made the best possible outcome! 🙂



Geo’s Plea

Geo has his second surgery this Wednesday, May 15th. We would love your positive thoughts for Geo’s full hearing capability to be restored on Wednesday! Read more about Geo and his ear in this blog post. The information about his ear starts below the first YouTube video.

We thank you for your thoughtful time and help envisioning success for our sweet little Géo!! 🙂

GĂ©o chante l’alphabet

Tonight after our story time app (en français, bien sûr), Geo and his sister were helping update a little alphabet project that we work on every now and then. It has to do with this book.

All of a sudden, Geo starts singing our special French alphabet song! From A-Z. He is not one to sing. In fact, he often complains that my singing hurts his ears. His ear doctor said this may be normal due to his ear condition.

He has heard that special alphabet song many times, but I have never heard him sing it. He had some difficulties with articulation, especially towards the end, but it was music to my ears nonetheless! Go Geo, go!!!