Friday, October 26, 2007
So the Journey Begins
After getting Christian's test results last week, we hopped on a plane back to Detroit for my brother's wedding (aka My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Part 2). The timing couldn't have been better, and we needed the family and the distraction that the weekend provided. The wedding was a blast, and officially welcoming Aunt Sarah into the family was something that we've ALL been waiting for.
It's amazing how fast everything is going, now that we finally have Christian's official diagnosis. We were formally welcomed into the Montgomery County Early Intervention Deaf and Hard of Hearing program (even though we've been seeing them for 3 months already) this week. Our primary teacher, Mara, also has a hearing loss, and she has been such a wonderful resource for us. She'll be coming, along with other team members, once a week to help us. We're so fortunate to live in Montgomery County. They have one of the best EI programs in the country. Over 80 percent of the kids who start the program before age 2 are mainstreamed by Kindergarten. Our compassionate ENT, Dr. Epstein, had us come in afterhours this week to ask any questions we may of had, and to help us with our game plan.
Today was a bittersweet day for us. We went and had his ear molds made and ordered his aids. While Chuck and are so happy that hearing aids may help Christian a great deal, we are still trying to come to terms with Christian's hearing loss. We know that we have a long road ahead of us, a road that may require lots of pit stops, detours, and even some construction. But, we know that we WILL make it through this journey. We know that Christian WILL hear and speak. We also know that we are so lucky to have the family and friends that we do. Without them, this journey would be impossible to make.