Jace went in for his 5 year well visit today. I knew he wasn’t going to need any shots, so I expected an easy-peasy in and out visit. What I didn’t expect was to be there for over an hour talking about specialists and ENT doctors.
Let me explain. For the most part, the well visit went pretty well. He passed his eye exam with flying colors. His height and weight are right on track. Developmentally, he is exactly where he should be, and slightly above in some areas. And then we got to the hearing exam.
Jace completely failed his hearing exam. He did great when the decibels were really low. However, the slightest spike in the decibels, and he apparently couldn’t hear them. They signaled no type of reaction from him at all.
We have had many problems with Jace being sick in his little lifetime. I posted yesterday about how we almost lost him to reflux. Every year, he gets croup 5 – 6 times, and it’s awful. And over the last year, he’s been sick more times than I can count. In fact, in the last 10 months, we have been to the ER with strep throat 8 times. At least we have documented proof.
Even though it was his well visit, the doctor decided to swab his throat. She wanted to see if he may be a chronic carrier of the strep virus. (Just what a mom with 5 kids needs!) His rapid test came back positive, but I’m not convinced they got a good swab. Jace fought tooth and nail at that swab coming at his mouth. Oh, well. What do I know? I’m just the mom, and at the well visit, the doctor knows everything.
The doctor wonders if all of the strep throat cases that he’s had over the last 8 months are affecting his hearing. She’s referred us to an ENT doctor in the area, and we will meet with her about how to proceed.
Part of me is praying this is all just a fluke. I don’t want to go to a well visit and find out that something is wrong with my child. I want him to be healthy and happy and live to a ripe old age. I don’t want to have to think of impending surgeries, treatments, or any other struggles life will throw at him. They’re already a given, I just don’t want to think about them, ya know?
However, I have heard really good things about the ENT that was referred to us by friends who have used her services. They’ve all been able to comfort me and calm me down. I tend to freak out and over-react. Especially when it comes to Jace.
So, not exactly the well visit I wanted to have today, but I’m hoping that after the meeting with the ENT we can get a game plan on how to move forward. Wish us luck! (And if you have any words of advice or comfort, please feel free to share!)