Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hear Me Lord

Last week I took Brendan to his pediatrician for a routine check-up. Our school district requires that every kid have hearing and vision tests before they start pre-K, so we were trying to get that taken care of since school begins in a few weeks.

Brendan did great on the vision test, but failed the hearing test in his left ear. The nurse administered the test three times and consistently got the same results. In his right ear, he heard all five beeps and responded appropriately. In his left ear, he responded only to the first beep. Based on these results and the fact that he said it hurt his left ear when she performed the test, his pediatrician decided to refer us to an audiologist at the Children's Hospital for more tests.

Coincidentally, we had noticed that Brendan has been turning his DVD player up to full volume when watching a video and he complains that music hurts his ears.

Now, I know that minor hearing loss in one ear while maintaining perfect hearing in the other ear is really not that big of a deal. But, as a parent, if your child doesn't have to go through something like that, ;you'd really rather they didn't have to.

So, all week between appointments, I prayed. And I believed. Believed and told myself out loud several times a day that it was a fluke. His hearing is perfect.

And it is. Thankfully. We spent about an hour in the audiologist's office yesterday while she performed tests to look at the structure of both his inner and outer ear and tested his range of hearing. He did great and his hearing and ears are perfect.

I couldn't be happier. But, I am curious as to whether or not the outcome would have been different if I had let myself believe the worst instead of the best.


Jeremy said...

In any case, your prayers were answered. Congratulations on the great outcome.

Courtney said...

That's great news!

Jen aka Evilynmo said...

That is some powerful stuff! Isn't it amazing to wonder what our thoughts and prayers can do? I am so happy for all of you =)

MiriyaB (Becca) said...

I'm absolutely delighted to hear (no pun intended!) that your precious boy's ears are both terrific!

But with my happy rationalist hat on, I can't see any meaningful way to understand the statement "your prayers were answered" other than as a figure of speech. I neither believe that a personal & interventionist God can and will take the time and effort to fix one child's ear while allowing millions of other innocents to suffer and starve elsewhere, nor that positive thinking has magical effects on physical reality.

That's not to say, of course, that our understanding of the divine and our intent to look for and hope for the best has no effect or is irrelevants -- just that I can't seriously advocate, in my own life or perspective, a view that takes those things as, indeed, something more than a matter of perspective on reality/realities.

I believe in what I see
I believe in what I hear
I believe that how I'm feeling changes how the world appears

("The Color of Right"; lyrics, Neil Peart)

...but appearance is just that: appearance. Which is not illusion, deception, vanity necessarily -- but That Which Seems is not identical with That Which Is ("I AM That I AM"?).

But that's my 2 cents...