We were up early, early this morning to take Greta to the hospital. Our little girl has been hard of hearing for a long time. We first discovered it when she was 18 months old. Her pediatrician said that she had a lot of fluid in her ears, but it would clear up on its own. Fast-forward a year and it was only getting worse. When she failed her hearing test completely a couple weeks ago, we decided we weren't going to wait any longer for it to clear up "on its own." We took her in to see a specialist and he said she was hearing at underwater levels and has moderate to severe hearing loss. Our girl had even learned to read lips! Fortunately, he predicted that putting tubes in her ears should help significantly, so we took the first surgery slot that was open.
When we checked in, Greta was still bouncing off the walls. She loved her new "clothes" and that there was a television and stickers and a new dolly just for her.
I took a few minutes to try to explain to her that she was going to go to sleep for a little and then the doctor was going to fix her ears.
But, I mean, she is two. So really she just wanted to get back to her stickers and coloring.
And jumping all over that bed.
Eventually they came in and gave her a pre-sedative to calm her down before the anesthesiologist did his work. It kicked in just in time for them to roll her away. And then Chris and I were left in our small room without Greta--which was hard. We tried to talk and stay busy with emails, but every couple minutes one of us would say, "I wonder how Greta is doing."
When she was returned to us, the doctor said her ears were as bad as they could get--the mucous was so thick behind her eardrums. He warned us that things would sound very loud to her for a little while.
We couldn't be happier. Our little Greta-girl can hear! The first hour after surgery was rough. She was disoriented and I'm sure everything sounded new to her.
But if you give a girl pop and a popsicle, chances are she'll be better in no time.
We are home now and recovering--mostly Chris and I from sleeping 3ish hours last night. Greta? She has almost completely bounced back. C'mon. We couldn't get one cuddle day?!
Oh and during our waiting time, Chris and I put together a fall bucket list for us. For you. For anyone that wants to make the most of thee most wonderful time of the year. We're all about sharing around here.
Anything to add from your bucket list?