In 2001, I was a happy mother of two boys, expecting my 3rd child. We lived in Indiana, and were enjoying living close to my parents in Michigan. I was also deeply involved in my local La Leche League group as a Leader and also as a District Advisor. I enjoyed leading meetings for mothers and helping them through those first few days and months with their cherished babies. There is nothing more satisfying, as a mom, than helping other moms have a good bonding experience with their breastfed babies.
When Elliot was born, he was perfectly healthy, 8 lbs. 3 oz. However, in the hours following, he would choke or gag in a strange way. Being an experienced mom, I knew it was not normal. Finally, he did it when the pediatrician was there for the checkup. He admitted him to the NICU. Nothing specific was determined with tests but at one point, after he seemed fine, it was almost time to leave the hospital and the newborn screening machine was brought down for the hearing test. The nurse was young and inexperienced, so she couldn’t get it to work– or so she thought. She tried twice; it failed to work both times. Finally she got help, at which point they decided that it was really and truly a referral for an ABR in a week. I didn’t know what to think, and they furthered my hopes at that point by saying that it was probably just fluid in his ears. Incidentally, I believe that the reason for his gagging problem was vestibular in nature, though I have no way to confirm this.
We loved this baby up, and waited for the appointment.