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Dr. ‘s Appointment 

So, now I’ll continue the story. We get to the doctors appt and we go inside to explain to Dr. Levitt everything that’s going on. In addition to his hearing loss I was concerned about Justin snoring while awake. So, Dr. Levitt checks Justin and says his Adenoids and Tonsils are extremely large which is causing fluid to build up in his ears. I didn’t realize that our Ears, Nose, and Throat was that much connected. He said before he can make a decision on the type of treatment needed he wanted to check Justin’s hearing first. I’m thinking I had to scheduled another appointment to get his hearing check. Nope, everything was set up right in his office. 
Justin is looking at me nervously. He’s asking me what do I think is going to happen. I explain to him like before. The most serious thing that can happen is that he has to have surgery. He didn’t like the sound of that. I mean who does. I reminded him to remain calm and trust that the doctor will make sure he’s taken care of. So we go inside a small room to have his hearing check. As soon as the lady hook Justin up to the machine to do a fluid check she said ” Oh wow he has a lot of fluid build up in his ears”. She then takes in the hearing booth and checks his hearing. She’s asking me questions while doing the hearing test such as “is the TV louder than normal, does he talks lower, does he turns to one side so that he can hear you, and is he having a hard time hearing the teacher in school”. I answered yes to all of her questions. She then says “he’s going to need an IEP or a 504 plan because he’s lost a significant amount of hearing in his ears and his teachers need to make the appropriate accommodations so that it won’t impact his school work.” I took a deep breath and said well he has an IEP but I’ll see if we can get a 504 plan implemented. She also informed me to make sure he remains healthy as possible because any sign of a cold or sickness can reduce his hearing further to the point he becomes deaf. I took about ten deep breaths after hearing that. 
For the first marking period Justin received 4 A’s, 3 B’s, and 1 C. I think he did a really great job for someone who loss their hearing. He didn’t like having the C but I reminded him he did his best no matter what. So, we’re now back with Dr. Levitt and he reads over the hearing test. He said “well I have good news and bad news”. We can fix the problem but he has to have surgery”. So I’m thinking okay he just needs tubes in his ears. Dr. Levitt said “I can place just the tubes in his ears but because his adenoids and tonsils are so large we need to remove them so there is no more fluid build up”. Once again I said okay. I asked if we can just do the tubes to see how that works. He explained to me “we can but because of the size of his adenoids he’s for certain that once the tubes fall out his adenoids will continue to cover the hole that drains the fluid out of your ears”. As a result we will be back to where we are today. So he says “instead of doing two separate surgeries let’s just do one.”
That’s Part 1! I’ll continue the rest tomorrow. I have to get Justin up and ready for school. See you tomorrow. Have a good day everyone!!! 

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Good Morning! 

I have so much to share. I feel like I will be doing a flashback for the whole month of January to tell you guys about our December. In November we found out that Justin lost hearing in both his ears due to fluid build up. He lost 30% of his hearing in his right ear and 50% of his hearing in his left ear. He kept complaining that he couldn’t hear us that much and was having trouble hearing the teachers. I didn’t take what he said lightly. I first took him to his pediatrician to see his take on things. He thought maybe it could be an ear infection and allergies. But after checking his ears it wasn’t an ear infection. 
So he placed him on Flonase for a month and then recommended after that month on the Flonase if it does not work contact an ENT. I was praying the Flonase worked. Everyday at bedtime I made sure Justin did what he was suppose to. I would say “Justin did you inhale the Flonase” and his response as usual would be ” Yes, mom I did”. To make sure the Flonase worked I even cleaned out his ears every couple of days hoping that would help with his hearing. It would be the first day in November that I would receive a phone call from the school nurse. She informed me that Justin failed his in school hearing test. I informed her I was already on it and I’m just waiting to see the ENT specialist. I scheduled an appt with an ENT specialist but we weren’t scheduled to be seen until the third week in November. 
That seemed like a really long time being that he failed his hearing test. So I searched my desk for the ENT specialist list his pediatrician gave me and decided to call another specialist on the list. I called the specialist office and explained everything to his receptionist and she said we can see him tomorrow. I was so happy! Yes, we can finally find out what is going on with his hearing. 
Because I have to get ready for my day I will share what happen at the doctor’s appt. tomorrow. I hope you all enjoy your day! 

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