Monday, November 21, 2016

Speech and School Update

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I'd have to say that one thing I'm super thankful for is hearing the precious things my kiddos say.  Every day there's a new phrase, a new funny conversation, a new complex thought that I just can't even keep track of all of them anymore.  I love it!! 


Kiddo now speaks in complete sentences! Though he may leave out a few words here and there, they are indeed complete sentences.  And the cool thing is that others are beginning to understand him and I don't need to translate for him as much, whoo hoo!!  There are some things he says that I don't understand, but he is getting so much better at finding other ways to communicate it to me--he can oftentimes tell me what letter the word he's trying to say starts with, or take me to whatever he's trying to say.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Update on Adenoidectomy

So, almost two months ago Kiddo had his adenoids removed.  We explained the surgery to him in as positive a light as possible so he would not be scared.  We also reminded him that this would help him get sick less often, which he was very excited about and might help him talk a little better, which he was excited about.  But he would confess he was "a little bit scared" and so Hubster gave his Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animal from his own childhood to Kiddo, telling him that Pooh would help him when he was scared to be brave.  Kiddo was happy with this arrangement, and as you'll see, Pooh stayed by his side the entire time. 

We made it to the outpatient surgery center where we were showed to a room to await the surgery.  He was given a hospital gown, which he did not want to wear because "it's a dress.  Dress for girls."  True buddy.  And so began the explanation that it was a hospital gown, that boys and girls wear them, and look, it's open in the back, isn't that silly?!  Finally we convinced him to put on the gown, and we waited.  And waited. And waited.  Thankfully there was a TV to keep the kid occupied.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

ENT Visit

I took Kiddo to the ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat doctor) because of a suggestion Nancy Kaufman made about Kiddo sounding very congested, almost like he had his nose plugged and that the ENT could tell us what is going on that might improve the quality of Kiddo's voice.

The ENT did.  Kiddo has enlarged adenoids and will have them surgically removed Sept 6th.  One of his ear tubes/grommets has fallen out and a tympanogram (a test for fluid and pressure in the middle ear) revealed that he still has pressure in that ear and so the ENT will reinsert an ear tube when he removes Kiddo's adenoids.  His other tube, inserted about two years ago, is still in place and doing its job well.

The ENT told me essentially the same thing as Nancy Kaufman, that Kiddo's voice sounds very congested, and that by removing his adenoids his voice could sound clearer than it does now.  He also said that Kiddo will probably get less frequent colds/coughs/croup than he does now.  The only risk, other than that of anesthesia of course, is that he could sound like he's whistling when he talks until he learns how to talk with a palate that is not being held in place by such large adenoids.  A temporary side effect should it occur, but one that would require time and specific speech therapy to correct.  We are praying that Kiddo not experience any side effects, that he have a speedy recovery, and that his speech would be clearer after the surgery.  How cool would that be?!?

Prayers greatly appreciated, especially on Tuesday, Sept 6th, and I'll write a post after the procedure sharing how it went.

For more information, check out this article: Tonsils and Adenoids: How Do They Affect Speech?