Single Sided Deafness

My Ethiopian son has sensorineural hearing loss in his right ear. He is completely deaf. We have tried traditional hearing aids and finally decided on a magnetic BAHA hearing aid. This is our story.

Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD

Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD This is a tough post to write but so many thoughts on the Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD is twirling through my head.  Also, both of these kids have Reactive Attachment Disorder.  Again, in FASD and RAD, they are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  It …

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All About Single-Sided Deafness

All About Single-Sided Deafness Here is the info All About Single-Sided Deafness.  According to Healthy Hearing, Single-Sided Deafness is “Living in the head shadow of single–sided deafness. …Single–sided deafness (SSD) is a condition in which a person has lost hearing in one ear, while he or she may have anywhere from normal hearing to profound hearing loss in the other.” A Small …

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Part 3 Welcome Home

  Part 3 Welcome Home.  My flesh screams and I’m hanging onto the armrests of my airplane seat.  I refuse to move.  This is my anniversary.  This is our planned TRIP.  We are not moving.  I do not want to stay.  Honestly, I would live in France, if I had too, but guess what?  I …

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Part 2 Uhm NO

Yesterday, I wrote the FIRST PART to my story…, the continuing saga 🙂   Part 2 Uhm NO.  Uhm, WHAT??????!!!!!!!!!!!!  Holland?   Uhm, no.  No thank you.   I know nothing and I do not have an itinerary.  Sadly, I do not have a place to stay, I don’t know where to eat, I know nothing.  NOTHING.  I …

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Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We

Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We?  Let’s all just take a moment and soak in the beauty of the David.  Michelangelo was a master in his craft.  I mean……God created this man and honed his craft to leave people like me, breathless.  I love art, always have had a great love of art.  …

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Welcome to Holland

Welcome to Holland is a poem that I have always loved.  It is a different way to look at things when life does not go as planned.  There are 4 of my 7 children who have special needs.  We have dealt with Dyslexia, learning disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, and …

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Turning the Page of a Book to a New Chapter

Turning the Page of a Book to a New Chapter.  Welcome to this new chapter.  I could’ve cropped this picture to show a close up of my baby’s beautiful smile, but when I saw his hands…I thought….nope, this is real life.  Behind that smile is fear, excitement, worry, anticipation, exhaustion, and hunger. Ethiopian Adoption My …

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What a Ride It Has Been

What a Ride It Has Been.  We were so young when we got married.  Also, we were super young when we started having children.  Had we stopped at 3 kids, we would be empty-nesters right about now.  Wow.  That’s a thought! Choices Instead of being “about done,” we ended up with 4 more kids.  We …

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Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss.  On Little Man’s 7th birthday, we had a HUGE surprise in our lives.  Our day started out as a normal birthday.  At the crack of dawn, the phone rings and it is my mom. She is calling to sing to the birthday child.  This morning was no different.  As soon as the …

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