We have all had a very long day with lots of doctor visits, plus a very stressful wait while my tiny 26-pound girl was put under anesthesia, but we just got the best news we've had in YEARS:
My daughter Elisabeth has perfect hearing. She's just over 3 and not really speaking yet, mostly due to a pretty rough start as a 28-week preemie with open heart surgery at 5 months old. During her recovery from heart surgery she was accidentally overdosed with a drug which causes hearing loss, and we've never been able (despite numerous attempts) to get a complete and accurate hearing test for her yet.
The doctor said that she may have had some problems in the past with fluid in her ears and not being able to hear well because of that, and her left ear is not quite as good as her right, but today it was PERFECT. :-)
Elisabeth also said a new word today, very clearly: UP. (She said it when she wanted to be taken out of her crib, and also again when she wanted to be put up on the hospital bed). Since she only has about 3 other clear words, every single word is a huge success.
I'd rather have that than a 9-hour Ironman finish any day. :-)
Elisabeth is going to talk when Elisabeth wants to talk, and not a single day sooner.
Training is called off today, and we're all going to go eat ice cream to celebrate, besides.