Scamps hearing has always been poor and on and off bouts of earaches have seen her visiting our GP frequently. A painfully shy child she settled in to school wonderfully but although being an avid book reader she struggled with sounding out words. Always one to watch peoples lips as they talk she’d often nod in agreement but when questioned not know what she was agreeing with. Yesterday I told her I was going for a ‘wee wee’ and when I came back down she was sat at the table with a spoon on hand awaiting the kiwi that she though I had just promised her.
Luckily Papasaurus has BUPA cover at work, all it took was visit to our GP to voice our concerns and within the space of two month we saw an ENT paediatric consultant twice, had a hearing test which told that Scamp hearing was significantly impaired by glue ear – in face she needed sound to be 8 times higher than ‘normal’ before she would hear it. Our daughter hadn’t been hearing well at all – it was likened to listening to sounds under water.
Infrequent ear ache, continuous hearing problems which have been getting worse week by week, falling behind in school, not able to hear the softer phonetic sounds.
Scamp went in to hospital today for bilateral grommet surgery to both ears and everything has changed literally within an hour.
*I don’t know why I feel the need to add this but this isn’t some sort of BUPA sponsored shizzle, I love the NHS but hwe had a choice of a 2 year waiting list or a 2 month waiting list so it was a no brainer as far as we were concerned*
An early start for us we arrived at the hospital at 7am. Scamp was greeted in her own room by the nurse that she had already met in a sort of hospital show and tell a week ago, some sort of pink unicorn / vet car assortment was awaiting her arrival. Shortly after the nurse applied numbing cream to the backs of Scamps hands in preparation for the general anesthetic, however when the anesthetist dropped in to see us he voiced concerns over Scamps veins in her hands being hard to find and after discussion we decided that being ‘put under’ by gas from a mask would be less upsetting for her.
Luckily Scamp was the ‘first in’ to be operated on, once we were in the anesthetists room I led her on the bed whilst she clutched my neck and Clara her cuddly alpaca (kindly sent to her by fellow blogger and friend Jenny), she looked scared, tears welled in her eyes as the mask was held softly over her face and she was told a story about a talking alpaca. A minute later she was ‘asleep’. That was a really emotional moment, one I thought I’d be fine with but actually shook me up a fair bit. A hug and a hot cup of tea from the nurse later and I was sat starting at Scamp’s empty bed as she was operated on.
I was called as soon as she came round and was met with a near hysterical screaming 4 year old who was trying to climb over the cot sides of the bed. The nurses encouraged me to get on to the bed too to console her which I did all too happily but she was what I can only describe as delirious for a good twenty minutes, crying for me even though I was there, shouting to go home. The nursing staff assured me that that was normal, it was the shock of waking up somewhere unfamiliar feeling woozy to blame.
Back in her room and we led on the bed together for an hour, she calmed down, I started to relax and before we knew it a fruity ice lolly had arrived and she was sat up yamming it. The she welled up with tears, looked up and said…
“I can hear mamma – I can hear!”
At which point I started crying like a baby.
The surgeon came along to explain how the op had gone (well) and that the fluid in her ears had been really gloopy (sorry) and she was being sent home with ear drops to use for the next couple of days and we left, arms full of info, some certificates of bravery and a lovely elephant teddy c/o the hospital.
We got in the car, I started the engine and she turned to me and asked ‘What’s that noise mamma?’ and I realised, it’s the car, she’s never heard the car before.
And I cried like a baby again, happy tears. It’s been a very emotional day and we are just so very happy that she’s hearing things x