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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Wednesday, May 19

Ears: good and bad

Sigh...we had Finn's post-op follow up appointment for his tubes this morning. As it seems is always the case when Finn's ears are involved, we had good news and bad news.

The good news: no fluid or infection in either ear!!! Yay! And the tubes are still in, which is obviously preferable. We also asked for custom fit ear plugs because Finn does NOT like getting the cotton and Vaseline in his ears for bath time (plus, I don't think that works very well). Regardless, the Dr said if we were going to have him in a lake this summer, he should have these plugs anyway and Finn will be in a lake at some point this summer (hello...we live in the land of 10,000 lakes after all!!). The doctor wants to see Finn in 6 months for a follow up, but he was very pleased with the results. Yay for tubes!

Now the not so good (not necessarily bad) news: Finn was tested for hearing again today and did not pass...and this time he did not have fluid in his ears. His results again were "mild hearing loss." The "good" news is that she also tested inside his ear and his cochlea is receiving and sending back sound...they just can't test (at this stage) how much. I am not an alarmist and don't want to say Finn has mild hearing loss at this point. We are going back in to retest in two months, hoping that Finn will be that much older and able to respond appropriately. If we see a negative change in him verbally in the meantime, we will go in sooner. He can obviously hear (his vocabulary is enormous for his age), so that is encouraging. Jim was in the sound booth with him during the test and said he thinks Finn hears more than he is responding to...hopefully that is the case. I guess we'll wait and see (or hear as the case may be!).

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