Landon has been very fortunate up to this point, although he had numerous ear infections, with a little help from those friendly antibiotics, those infections seemed to pass (leaving no residual fluid behind). Apparently he responds well to antibiotics, and Dr. Lee seemed pleased with that. That combined with the fact that Landon has passed every hearing test with flying colors, has bought our little man some time. We have never been concerned that Landon has ever had an issue with hearing......however, lately we have been questioning how CLEARLY he hears. Landon has been doing GREAT with sign language and his signing vocabulary is growing every day. I am so happy that Landon is able to communicate with us through sign language, keeping his frustration to a minimum. However, I can't help but feel that Landon isn't quite as far along "vocally" as he
should could be. I know that a speech delay is evident in children with Down syndrome and probably the one area that will need the most long-term work. I am OK with that.
The bottom line is, EVERY season Landon gets A LOT of ear infections. Regardless if the antibiotic works and clears things up, these frequent ear infections are slowly affecting his hearing. After much discussion and total agreement, Dr. Lee, Scott and I feel like this time is very critical for speech, and it is our job to make sure we give Landon every opportunity to hear the words clearly & correctly. Landon's day has finally come, he will soon be joining the "Tube Club". We are currently waiting for a call back from Dr. Lee's office to schedule a surgery date at Children's Hospital of Boston (CHOB).
Although I am 100% OK with the actual surgery itself, I am terrified of putting my little peanut under anesthesia! :(