Tomorrow we finally go in to have Geo’s hearing tested. We are so excited to hear the good news! We totally believe Geo is hearing better! He has reported on several different occassions how cool it is to hear so well! He has also been more open to me singing to him, which is such a special treat! He used to always say “no” to a bedtime lullaby, but now he usually says “yes”!! This may be thanks to his successful surgeries…his two ears are now hearing the same and the sounds coming in are more “in harmony” if you will.
Tonight he asked for this one:
Another exciting thing happened tonight at story time. Geo’s older sister Soleil has taken an interest in reading French at bedtime. Tonight she did so again with a counting book. There were visuals of animals and quantities so really there wasn’t much “reading” involved…but nevertheless, we’ll take language output in L2 in any way, shape or form! So after Soleil’s turn, it was Geo’s. First he did 1-5 in English. One rooster, two goats, three cats, four dogs, five goats. Then came six…without prompting, he said “six canards, sept vaches, huit…(I helped him with the French word for geese: “oies”), neuf cochons, dix moutons (I helped him with the first syllable).
Geo is not usually too into speaking French…in fact he’s usually the one to ask me to speak English. Tonight, French story time took an exciting turn of events. We’ve got comprehensible output! I know that the input Geo has received from me since birth has been far from perfect…but it is working!
1. Geo went for his post-op appointment today and his ear is looking great! He still needs to heal over the course of the next two weeks or so but so far, so good! In July, he will have a hearing test to see how much his hearing has improved. He still reports that he is hearing much better and today he confessed that it is “really cool” to hear more!!! The doctor was really pleased to hear this. He said that most children do not express their ability to hear better and that they are “usually in the dark” after most children’s surgeries.
We are overjoyed by today’s good news and we are very excited for next month’s hearing test. Please keep those positive thoughts coming for Geo’s healing process. We greatly appreciate all your well-wishes!
Back to his energetic, playful self 3 weeks after surgery!
2. Just this week, Geo (or should I say “Géo”?!) started singing a well-loved French song by Henri Dès. His older sister has been singing it around the house since she learned it with her class at school. It’s an adorable song called “Papa mon baiser.” To hear this sweet song and/or to purchase it, follow these directions: Click here. Then click on “La boutique” to the left. Choose “L’âne blanc” (the white donkey). Find the title of the song and click it: “Papa mon baiser.” Lastly, at the top click “écouter la chanson.”
While we were waiting in the doctor’s office today, Géo broke out in this song, once again, without prompting. I took advantage and grabbed my phone, opened my “Voice Memos” app and asked him to sing it again. To my utter surprise, he complied! Géo is not one to normally follow directions so willingly! In fact, Géo usually wants absolutely nothing to do with singing or speaking French…so this is a momentous event!!!!
Géo sang an abbreviated version and changes the second verse to “Maman,” much to mommy’s delight! The “tu me la fait tous les soirs” is quite a mouthful that he slides over. He can say his “s” and “z” sounds, but he does not do so in the word “baiser” or “soir” but really, who cares?!! It was music to my ears…speech-delayed errors and all!
Listen to Géo sing here.
Thursday Geo has his follow-up doctor’s appointment. I just know that we will have great news from the doctor. I simply cannot afford a negative thought to enter my brain…even after not one but TWO falls out of his bed! Geo is reporting hearing well and he seems completely healed! He doesn’t complain about putting his shirts on and off over his ear/head and he is sleeping on both sides. He is certainly back to his normal active self!
Geo is talking more than ever! It will take some time for his speech to develop, but he is chattering away like never before. We take this as a sure sign that he is feeling more confident in his full hearing capabilities and we are certain that his articulation skills will develop wonderfully over the next several months. All positive thoughts for Geo’s continued success are very welcome! Thank you so much!!!
Here you can see how Geo is looking and feeling. This is how Geo responds to being asked to stand still and say “cheese” for a photo. He didn’t know I was recording…this is how he usually poses…he cannot stand still for too long! The word he keeps repeating it “cheese.” 🙂
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!!! 🙂
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.
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 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!! 🙂