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Another Beginning

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.

Elliot with his family

We loved this baby up, and waited for the appointment.

Filed under: Amy — Amy Kwilinski @ 3:24 pm


  1. Hi Amy ..

    Nice to meet you. And welcome to the blogosphere.



    Comment by Paotie — February 18, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

  2. Hi Amy,
    I received the Greenville Record recently and noticed your sister’s web site. I logged on, and found the link to your site. I had no idea that you and your family were going through so much. I am very, very happy to hear that Jenny is doing well. I lost my dad to cancer in 2006, so I am aware that it is a terrible disease. My mom also had her battle with Melanoma and is in remission at this point.
    Wendy and I still keep in contact which is awesome. Her oldest daughter will be attending Spring Arbor in the Fall.
    I live about an hour west of St. Louis. Central Institute for the Deaf is located in St. Louis. There are many, many services for children with Cochlear Implants. I hear about many children who have success with this surgery. I used to work with a lady who graduated from Washington University and became a teacher at CID. My current employer’s CEO used to be the CEO of CID also.
    Well, I thought that I would take a moment to send a quick note to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Take care,

    Comment by Tracy Southerland (Tracy Surns) — April 20, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

  3. Great post.Much thanks again.

    Comment by Julio Rosner — April 21, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

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