Hughan was nine months old and still a very happy baby.
I had decided to take Hughan to Johannesburg to see a Paediatrician for a check up. Vil also came with me and we stayed with a friend overnight.
The Paediatrician was based at Morning Side Clinic in Johannesburg. As usual the boys travelled very well in the car and I was quite confident driving in Johannesburg.
During Hughan’s appointment, the Paediatrician put him on the bed for his examination. Hughan lay very quietly while he was being checked over thoroughly.
While the doctor was talking to me, I was unaware of him scratching the bed. When he had finished speaking to me, he said he was a bit concerned that Hughan had a hearing problem. He explained to me that he had been scratching the bed and that Hughan had not turned towards the sound it was making.
This is the first time that I became aware that Hughan may have a hearing problem. The bed Hughan had been lying on had a plastic sheet on it and the sound was quite noticeable. I was quite shocked with the doctor saying this, and it made a huge impression on me.
The Paediatrician did an examination of Hughan’s ears, and he mentioned that he had a little bit of, what the doctor called, “glue ear”. Because of this the doctor recommended that Hughan went to see an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist.
The Ear Nose and Throat Specialist also worked at Morning Side Clinic, so I was able to go straight away, after seeing the Paediatrician, to book Hughan’s appointment for his ears to be checked. The soonest we could get an appointment Hughan was in three weeks time.
When we had finished at Morning Side Clinic, I took the boys back to my friend’s house. She also had a little boy that was 6 days younger than Hughan.
There was no ways at this stage that I would ever have questioned whether Hughan was hearing us, as he seemed to be at a similar stage to my friend’s baby, although he was not as active.
This was life changing.