Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Normal {Touching Grace}

Six months ago, we made the painful decision that Princess would undero a double Mastoidectomy.

She had suffered ear infections her entire life. She was also rapidly losing hearing.

It is not a pretty surgery. Or recovery. Six hours under the knife and almost a year for a full recovery.

There are no guarantees that hearing will be restored. In fact, it could be worse. Much worse. The main goal was to eliminate the infection near her brain with the hope of restoring some hearing.

She failed her first hearing test.

Then another.

Then another.

Last month, she had her ears completely scraped out--also traumatic--and cleaned.

Then she had another hearing test, which she failed.

She wasn't even close to the normal range.

The surgeon said it could be a million things--she wasn't really interested in the test, her ears were still swollen, or maybe, she need hearing aides.

Today we went for her fourth test. We knew if she failed this one, she'd need a hearing aid.

I watched her go into the booth. And I could hear the sounds and I watched her throw the ball in response to each ping.

The audiologist was almost giddy as she graphed her results.

"She can hear it! She can hear it! She can hear it!" She exclaimed as the pings got softer and softer.

So in the end, the Princess has completely normal hearing in her right ear. She can hear whispers and the wind blowing in the trees. Her left ear isn't as good. She is slightly below normal, which means she could not hear whispers.

But, the brain compensates for it. Isn't that amazing how God made our bodies?

As we drove home, I knew once again her little life had been touched by grace.

She has been given the gift of hearing.

And what a glorious gift it is.

22 comments:

  1. That must have been such an amazing moment! After everything she's been through, I'm so glad she has a happy ending now.

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  2. What a great gift! Also I love your blog - as an adopted child (now grown mama) I love to hear from families in the thick of it - and just let them know, we are thankful, even in the moments when we seem like we don't even know what thankful is.


    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful wonderful news.

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  4. Praise God! That's wonderful!

    Thanks for the follow...following back! =)

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  5. This is so wonderful! It is amazing to see progress like that after so many fails! Thanks for linking up with us for Mommy Moments Monday!
    Thenotquitemilitarywife.blogspot.com

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  6. I got chills as I read your post. God's timing is always perfect we wait and we wait but when He delivers it is always more beautiful than we even imagined. You go God!! :-). Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm now following you. Marci...lifewithjoys.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for checking out my blog and for hosting the blog hop!

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  8. Praise the Lord for his blessings in your little one's life!!! How awesome! Thanks for sharing with WIP!

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  9. Hi, thanks for coming by my blog. I am coming by now to see your's too :)

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  10. Aw! That is so great! I am returning the follow and I am actually your 100th! Congrats!

    Julie @ Naptime Review
    www.thenaptimereview.com

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  11. Thanks for stopping by this morning! I was so blessed to read your post. It just made my day! May God continue to bless you and your sweet little one!!
    sue @ thet2women.com

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  12. What GREAT news! So happy to hear that her latest hearing test went so well. Hooray!

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  13. Wow, that's amazing! God is great!

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  14. Praise God for the gift of hearing for that baby girl! Awww. Such a sweet post. :) Have a glorious weekend.

    Falen
    www.upwardnotinward.com

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  15. What an amazing God we serve! Praising Him for His healing hand! Thanks for sharing and linking up with SHH! Blessings!

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  16. lovely :) would you like to follow each other in gfc? let me know! http://xxxloveisbeautyxxx.blogspot.ie/

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  17. what a relief! praise the Lord!
    i found u thru the naptime review mom's monday mingle and now follow.
    thanks!

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  18. How amazingly wonderful! God is good! We have children and expect they will be fine and healthy. It can be so hard when there are health issues. I am so glad things worked out!

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  19. I am thankful your daughter did not loose her hearing. I taught children with different disabilities. Many who had hearing loss. Princess is so blessed to have you for her parents.
    Thank you for following my blog. I am now following you. Blessings in everything you do.

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  20. Praise God - what a wonderful and touching post! Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm following you back.
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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  21. Your story gave me chills! What a triumph for your daughter and family after so much adversity! And what a beautiful picture on your masthead.
    A Fellow Follower,
    Rachel

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