Thursday, September 4, 2008

Audiology Appt.


Wow, that was HARD!! We could have been finished in 45 min or so, but NNNNNOOOOO. It took us an hour and a half to give this child his new map for his ci. He was jumping out of his seat, up and down, talking, playing, forgetting to tell us when he hears the tones....ugh. The audi is very patient though, she knows we are having major attention/hyperactivity issues with him. The thing is...he was just as irritated as I was, like he was about to jump out of his skin. He said he was bored to death! We played games, we did whatever we could, I think the best thing that works for him is the United States puzzle...and the "race" we do between us, we see who can slam our hands down the fastest when we hear the tones (I of course let him lead). But I have to keep telling myself something that a very wise cicircle mom who has a teen w/ADHD told me..."he's not doing it to make you mad or irritated, he's not doing it on purpose" and that gets us through it. The teacher is still working on the papers for the ADHD from the pediatrician's office and we'll see if he can send us to a group of specialists for this. I really want to dot my i's and cross my t's on this! I need to see a nutritionist also, he still only weighs about 43 lbs, and he's seven so we need him to gain weight even if he needs a special diet. This is much harder for me than the diagnosis of hearing loss I do believe...because this time I know Gage is suffering as well, he thinks everyone is mean to him. "My teacher just tells me to be quiet all the time" (I can understand why, though) and so anyway, I will update on the subject when we figure out all the underlying causes of his issues. Until then, we'll just keep that little man busy as a bee!

5 comments:

tammy said...

Val,
Being a teacher (and a mother to a 7 yr old daughter I believe has ADHD, just not "officially" diagnosed yet), I certainly understand the frustrations. These kids need that extra patience, the extra reassurance, the extra counting to "10" instead of "3" type of environments with lots of love and LOTS of positive feedback!! If you need some suggestions for the teacher let me know!

leahlefler said...

*Hugs*

It must be heartbreaking when school isn't the positive experience it should be. Hopefully you'll get a great team to find something that works for Gage!

Too bad they didn't have some sort of video game system or something of that nature to keep elementary school kids more engaged during booth testing! Especially when there is attention deficit involved!

Ambulance Mommy said...

Hi...I found my way over to your blog from another HOH mom's blog...

I'm new to this whole world of hearing loss and indeed blogging itself, but I have a super active toddler who is showing some serious signs of attention problems, and I just wanted to tell you, I really appreciated and needed that quote your friend gave you. There are days, like today, where I am sooooo frustrated, and I really do need someone to tell me he's not doing it on purpose.

Sounds like you are doing a great job! Oh, and i LOVE the bling from the other post!

Val said...

Well, the school is actually great. He does talk all the time, so I can see where she asks him to be quiet. He just doesn't understand that he DOES TALK TOO MUCH. He thinks people are just rude, when in fact he's got to learn he can't talk 24/7. The teacher tells me today, she's leaning toward him being gifted and not ADHD, so we shall see!

leahlefler said...

I'll bet when Gage was first diagnosed you never thought he'd be getting into trouble for talking too much!