The good news about her appointment was there was no (zero) fluid in her ears....this is a first! I actually cried when she told me this. The bad news is the next step is a sedated ABR. An auditory brainstem response (ABR) is a physiological measure of the brainstem's response to sound. It tests the integrity of the hearing system from the ear to the brainstem. The test is performed by placing four to five electrodes on the infant's head, after which a variety of sounds is presented to the infant through small earphones. As the hearing nerve fires, the sound stimulus travels up to the brain. This electrical activity generated by the nerve can be recorded by the electrodes and is represented as waveforms on a computer screen. The audiologist can then present different loudness levels of each sound and determine the softest levels at which the infant can hear. I'm not comfortable to have Hailey sedated again...she has been sedated for a couple of echos and then also for her surgery. Luckily, this is just a "twilight" sedation and it doesn't last long...basically like her taking a nap. Hailey has a follow up with her cardiologist later this month which will require sedation. Fortunately, we were able to do some rearranging of her appointment...changing locations...changing times...days...etc, but we were able to pull it off. We are having Hailey's ABR done right after her echo. We do have to keep our fingers crossed that she stays asleep long enough for both tests. I'm praying very hard. I would love to have a baseline of her hearing. We know she passed her newborn screening but I would feel better knowing whether or not there is any loss now. Sooo....poor little monkey will have to fast for 6 hours prior to her echo (at 2 p.m....talk about a miserable day) and we will have her echo and hopefully her ABR both completed the day after her birthday.
|Hailey seems to like her new blanket.|
|Love seeing them together!|
|Found the candy sticks for Hailey's birthday|
|Ready to go for a Sunday stroll|
|Let's go mom!|
|Might as well go to sleep if I don't get a slushy with the boys!|
|Hat head and wind-blown rosy cheeks|