06/07/11 after an awful labour this is the day I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. I was induced due to growth problems, as I held her in my arms I noticed her head was quite severely misshaped. The midwife put it down to pressure from the birth canal, I agreed, she was taken from my arms to be checked over we were told we had to stay in for a bit as her temperature was really low.
All wrapped up and snug in her little bed next to me I couldn’t believe she was finally here, a midwife came in checked her over and we were finally allowed to go home.
A couple of days later the health visitor came to do routine checks, during the hearing test it came up unclear response on both ears, we didn’t panic though, as she said it was quite common.
Two days later she came back, yet again unclear response, she told us not to worry but it kept playing over and over in my head, we were sent to the hospital for a more in depth test. Three hours later the audiologist said the words ‘its bad news, your daughter has a hearing impairment’.
For the next 15 minutes I knew he was talking but I couldn’t take it all in, it was like I just zoned out.
He took some moulds of her ears and said she needed hearing aids, she got little pink ones so cute. She had them fitted and she screamed, my heart ached for her, she must of got the shock of her life suddenly hearing all these noises.
Her dad and I split up, he couldn’t cope with it all.
A month passed and I couldn’t help but notice her head shape was getting worse not better.
The doctors and health visitor said they would keep an eye on it, routinely checking HC. When she was about 3 and half months old she was sat in her baby bouncer and made an awful sound, like she was choking.
I leaped up to see she was OK and blood was pouring out her mouth.
I took her to the hospital where she was kept overnight. The next day she had blood tests, x-rays and an ultrasound on her head, nothing alarming was showing so we were sent home.
Two weeks later I received a letter saying her bloods showed she had vitamin D deficiency (explains why she never kept milk down) and an undergrowth of the sphernal wing of skull hence the misshape of her head. This was all too much to take in; she was just over 4 months old and didn’t deserve all this.
I broke down my poor baby, at 6 months she had an appointment to see the pediatrician I dreaded it walked in thinking what news we going to get today, as soon as I walked in I could tell by his face I wasn’t going to like what I was going to hear ‘ we think your daughter may have Neurofibromatosis type 2.
My daughter has Neurofibromatosis? What the hell was that?
This meant nothing to me but a word, then he explained how little tumours grow on the nerves, his precise words’ it’s like an electric wire, the wires are protected by a plastic coating, your nerves are the wires and on the plastic coating little tumours grow its very rare that they are cancerous but they can cause a few problems’ yet again.
I shut off, she is now 9 months old and is waiting to hear if she needs cochlear implants and waiting for an MRI in Newcastle to see if she has any tumours grown on her inner ear that may of caused the hearing loss and also to see if her skull has fused incorrectly, she is a truly an amazing little girl, you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with her, I just hope that she can have some good news soon.
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