Monday, January 24, 2011
Wow, thanks you guys for all your wisdom! Especially Maren (you reaffirmed my gut feeling about his case) and those of you who personally underwent similar situations. The research is so controversial, and honestly each case is unique. Some children do fine without the surgery and others are very limited without it. Its a tough decision! But as of now, here is what we have decided to do.
I have canceled his surgery for wednesday for two reasons. 1.We are all sick, and 2. I was feeling a little uneasy and unsure about it.
But I have rescheduled the surgery for March 3rd just to have a date on the calendar in case we decide to go ahead with it.
I am making Spencer an appointment with an Occupational Therapist at the recommendation of his pediatrician. They will evaluate him and see if his case is a probable speech hinderance, and go from there. He may have appropriate range of motion for speech, or he may be impaired. We just dont know.
So after he is evaluated at least I will be slightly more informed about what to do! The reasons I am apprehensive about surgery NOW, are that he has never had feeding troubles, and so far he has reached all his speech milestones, and is very verbal (says mama, dada, and babbles incessantly!). I just feel that if there is no evidence of this affecting him negatively - why do something so drastic to correct it?
Of course me may end up going through with the surgery. I am not opposed and completely trust modern medicine having been a surgical recipient myself twice in my teenage years. It has a place and is essential in some cases. Im just not sure if we should jump the gun in this case.
Soooo, we are going to go for the evaluation and then decide from there. Thanks again everyone. Ill let you know what we decide to do!