Friday, May 29, 2009

Please Pray for Annaliese

Somewhere around 6-9 months ago, Steve and I started questioning if Anna could hear properly. She has also been a bit slower in her language development than the other kids, but some kids just do things at their own pace. Early in the year, we started doing bits of testing on her for example whispering her name when she wasn't looking and calling her from across the room, etc. At times, she seemed to hear us fine, but at other times she seemed as though she couldn't. We decided to take her into the GP to see what she said. Now starts the part of my story that gives a glimpse on how the NHS (National Health Care System) works.
Our first step was to the GP and she agreed we should probably have her hearing tested. She said she would have to find out what that took. I then spoke up and said that we had private health care insurance and that we would like to see this particular doctor (an ENT, who our friends use for their little boy. They really trust him and like him.) She said, "oh", proceeded to take this doctors info so she could send a referral to him. BTW, if we didn't opt to use our private insurance, I don't even know when we would have been able to get her in for a hearing test. We have friends whose daughter has been on a waiting list for a hearing test (not even an appointment with an ENT) for 4-6 months.

After we the doctor sent the referral, we waited. I think it took about 3-4 weeks to get the letter from the ENT's office with our appointment date and time. We then took her to see the ENT back in Februaury. He checked her over and asked a few questions. We then went to another room for a hearing test. Anna wouldn't cooperate with the lady and put the men in the boat when she heard a beep. They were just able to do a vibration test. This showed how much her eardrum vibrated when it heard sound. Her's hardly vibrated at all. We then went back into talk with the doctor. He suggested, because of the size of her tonsils (they are massive), her lack of hearing, and the fact that she snores, to take out her tonsils, adnoids and to put tubes/gromits in her ears. Steve and I were prepared for him saying she needed tubes, but weren't prepared for the tonsil part. We asked him if we could call him in a week with our decision.

After praying about it and talking with others who have had the same experiences, we decided to go ahead and do it all. We called the doctors assistant and she said she would send the referral to the hospital. Then, we waited more, a lot more! It took about six weeks to get our date for her surgery. Then, the surgery wasn't scheduled for another six weeks out, which brings us to next week.

Next Wednesday, June 3, is the date of Anna's surgery. She will be having her tonsils and adnoids out and have tubes put in her ears. We have to leave the house bright and early (5:30 a.m.) to be in Cambridge at the hospital by 7 a.m. Glenda, such a great friend, is coming to stay with the rest of the kids for the day. Thank you, Glenda! Anna will have to spend the night in the hospital because they watch for bleeding after taking tonsils out. I will be staying with her and Steve will come home to stay with the rest of the kids. She should get out the next day and Steve will return for us.

Now for our prayer requests...
1. Pray that the surgery will actually take place. The doctor warned us that it could be cancelled last minute because the hospital is so busy, they may not have a bed for her.
2. Pray for safety through the surgery and for quick recovery. The doctor said she wouldn't be totally well for about two weeks.
3. Pray for Steve and I as we send her off to surgery and wait for her to be out. Pray for peace, comfort and faith.
4. Pray that the surgery would work, she would be able to hear once again and that she would continue to develop with her speech
4. Pray for the rest of the kids to be safe and have fun with Glenda.

I think that is it. We would greatly appreciate all of your prayers next week and following. We will give an update when we are able. Thank you!


Mike Hartley said...

Hi folks,

Katherine and I will most certainly be praying for you all in this time.

I know it's a horrible thing to see your "babies" in hospital - but ,personally, I do think this is the best course for Anna.

If there's anything we can do to help then please shout - but if not then you can count on our prayers.


Mike & Katherine

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Stacey said...

Such a touching post! I will be praying for all those things and I have a lot of faith that everything will be just fine. Modern medicine is such an amazing blessing! Although I know she doesn't know the difference I can't help but think how different her quality of life will be when she is recovered! BTW, she is a beautiful little girl-great photos!! Sawyer had surgery at 3 months old and I thought I wouldn't be able to take it so I understand your anxieties.

sarah hedman said...

I will pray for Anna!! We have been down this same road! josie has had three sets of tubes and Eliza's ears got so bad (due to allergies) that eventually she could hear very little. The tubes helped dramatically. Josie also had her adnoids taken out and stopped snoring and breathed a lot better. none of my kids have ever had tonsils out. It's rough that she has to have all three at once. My kids recovered extremely quickly (like within 24 hours) but i know the tonsil thing takes a little longer. God has her in His hands. Thank goodness you caught this before she got really behind in speech and stuff!

The Shoes said...

We will be praying for you!! Wish we could help you (and Glenda) with the other kids. Everything will be just fine.

Jenny said...

That's a lot for a little person to go through, not to mention you, her parents. I hope she can get in for the surgery, that it's easy and her recovery is swift. You are all in my thoughts!

Malory Rebekah said...

We've been praying and are anxious to know how Anna's surgery went. I hope everything went smoothly and that her recovery is fast & easy.
Love you guys! ♥