September 30, 2009

BAHA ~ Bone Anchored Hearing Aid

I met with the new ENT yesterday, and was very impressed by his plan for Carter.  He thinks that it would be a good idea to get Carter started on a BAHA implantation during his next surgery.  The doc thinks that even if Carter has perfect hearing in the left side, it would be an advantage to him to have this placed as well.  So far, Carter would be the perfect candidate for this procedure, but we won't know for sure until after the big hearing test next week.  Here is a link to the information about the surgery: Bone Anchored Hearing Aid .  If you scroll to the bottom, there are pictures to give you an idea of what it looks like.  There is one little negative to this which would be that Carter will have to wear a very soft headband to hold it in place until he turns 5 years old. It's not as bad as it sounds, and I wish that I could find a picture online, but I can't seem to find one.

I also talked with Carter's Pulmonologist today.  He's been doing much better since the steroids, but still struggles at times.  I explained to her what he was doing, and she's decided to put him on an inhaled steroid.  It's a type that they typically give to Asthma patients and will be administered through a puffer with a spacer.  Hopefully this will help him.

Not much more going on.  Carter's been giving his Daddy smiles all night which Michael is just loving.  He's also increased his feedings from 80 ccs to 140 ccs (which is a little over 4 ounces). Holy cow!  He's really starting to pack on the pounds now!

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