We went to Cincinnati on Monday (after a few reschedules due to illness, etc). We got a great report from his ENT, Dr. Choo. Landon is fine to see him once a year. We also saw the audiologist and sue to his BAHA being broken (Liam got a hold of it), she could only do a hearing test without the BAHA. The BAHA will be repaired and she will want to see him so she can do a hearing test with the BAHA. After that test, Landon is also good to go with seeing her once a year as well.
What about surgery? I have touched on the surgery discussion before and as far as surgery on the inside of the ear, we will not be doing that because it only has a 50/50 chance of working. Surgery for the outside of his ear, we are leaving that up to Landon when he is old enoug, because that is more cosmetic. He can have a surgery for a BAHA implant so he won't have to always wear a BAHA headband. We are still three years from that. Landon has to be between 5-7 years old.
Landon has also come a long way with his speech. Part of his success for that came because of our early intervention program here in Kentucky for speech. Considering many risks that come for children with Microtia/Atresia, we are very blessed that Landon doesn't have as many risks. He really is our miracle ear boy. The best thing about Landon is that he has not noticed that there is anything different about him. He plays and acts like a normal three year old boy.
Something that used to sit down in me was if I caused Landon to be born with an ear deformity. I've had people tell me that it could have been my fault. I've also had doctors tell me that it wasn't my fault and it is genetics. After our trip in 2015, I finally overcame the guilt that it was something I did or didn't do when I was pregnant with Landon. A verse that came up around the time that helped me overcome the guilt is this:
I didn't do anything. Rob didn't do anything. God made Landon in a special way so that one day God can use Landon. Landon being born with an ear deformity doesn't have a reason, but God will use it for good as he continues to grow up. Of course, we will have faith, hope, and love with whatever comes Landon's way.