Monday, April 4, 2011

Hearing test (ABR)

Well, it wasn't pretty but the end totally justified the means. Ellie was up every two hours last night, so I was exhausted but evidently she felt great all day and anything but tired. We got to the hospital and checked in, everything went fine. Of course they call us back literally two seconds after I get her to fall asleep. Ellie didn't want to be weighed and kept lifting her head up to sit up, which then caused her to "Bonk" it back down on the scale. The nurse gave up, I told her Ellie's weight from Thursday. They tried to get her blood pressure but it never works. They also forget to get her temperature after I had mentioned she had a low grade fever the night before (99.9) for which I gave her tylenol. The worst part was of course holding Ellie down to get the IV for her sedative (propophol). First they had to hold her arm and shine a light under it to find the vein, which Ellie adamantly opposed. Then, because she was so upset, they had to swaddle her and hold her down to get the IV in. After that it was ok but there were way too many tears and high-pitched screams for this momma. They got her sedated- which is not something you actually want to see... she was so limp and lifeless. It was just so horrifying. We were shown out and walked to the cafeteria for some sandwiches and sodas. We came back, ate and waited. The test was about 45 minutes. Ellie "hooted" every time she could while waking up. She was very smiley though, and that made my heart feel better. She had the red dots from the electordes but they faded as the day went on. The best part, of course, were the results. Ellie's hearing is considered "essentially normal," as the audiologist called it. She was only slightly off on high pitches in the right ear. The cut off was 20 and she needed it to be 25 in order to hear it. The audiologist also mentioned her ear canals are very, very small (duh) and they happened to be dirty (how do you clean microscopic infant ear canals- with ear tubes in them?) so there is a slight likelihood her hearing is even better than we think, although for all intents and purposes its nearly perfect as it is!

On a related side note, this means the ear tugging is 100% teething. The test would not have been able to have been performed if she had an infection or fluid in the ear. So it can only be dirt and/or teething that is causing the ear tugging. Now, we just need those stupid teeth to come in! This also likely explains the strange eating and sleeping pattern she's developed.

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