October 25, 2011
WOW I can't believe it has been a year from Trey's last surgery. What a year it has been for us. New jobs, new home, new state and new schools. As for Trey's ear it has so far stood up to the activities of a very active 4 year old. The ear has been bit by a bug but no swelling just a red spot, and hit by metal gates with no damage. He plays soccer and participated in gymnastics with no injuries to his ear which we hope this all continues to be the case. I will say his ear is very sensitive and when it does get hit it he does cry but he gets over it rather quick with a miracle kiss from me. Moms kisses are amazing at healing bumps and bruises :).
We are more then happy and so is Trey with his new big ear. The nice part is when he just said today "everyone is born with 2 ears" and he started naming animals and cartoon characters and then pointed to his two ears. Yes I have always told him he had 2 ears just one was smaller then the other one but I don't think he would have made such a comment as he did today since he does notice differences now. No I did not correct him because I know he knows that one day he will understand that not everyone is born with 2 of everything but it was a nice moment nonetheless. Trey has been wearing sunglasses all the time with no problems. The sunglasses have become important to him because of the electricity that is in his eyes from his battle with Darth Vader. Got to love 4 year old's imaginations. His sunglasses even helped him swim for the first time. For some reason they gave him power to put his head underwater and start swimming something that his swim goggles have yet to achieve. Before his surgery we were never able to find sunglasses that worked including one with the strap that work so well for others. So you can say we are happy with the choice we made. Do I sometimes think otherwise yes. I met a family at a museum that had ribgraft surgery with Dr. Brent and the boy's ear looked amazing but I also know that it might not have been as good for Trey do to his anatomy and we did what our hearts told us would be best for him. What is best for one child might not be best for the other. I am just thankful we have choices even though it would be a lot easier to not have any since I hate making decisions but as a parent I have learned to make many decisions without guarantee of positive outcomes. I just hope for the best each time and try to stay as informed as I can and I except that I will have always a little doubt in my mind yet I wouldn't do anything different.
Posted by Stephanie at 10/25/2011