Hannah Claire Shi Lin

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blog Hackers

They've done it again!  If you've noticed some strange posts lately on my blog, they weren't from me.  I was just as surprised as you to discover posts about repairing credit, etc. this morning, when someone commented on one of the posts.  This is not the first time this has happened to me, and I immediately changed my login info.
Maybe it was a blessing in disguise.  It's been so long since I've posted, I've needed to do an update! So here goes...
Things are still going great!  We're homeschooling again, using the Charlotte Mason method, which I LOVE!  Hannah is at times speaking full sentences, and we're working on learning the alphabet and numbers. 
I started working from home again, this time as a representative with Miche, and am LOVING that as well, although it is a challenge to homeschool and work from home.  But I'm learning to balance it.
We saw a specialist about reconstructing Hannah's left ear a few months back, and have another appointment next month to discuss it further.  We're planning on scheduling her first surgery for January.  We were told it will be about an 8-month process, which is WAY shorter than what we had expected!  Once the reconstruction surgeries are over and Hannah's healed from them, then they can do the surgery/ies to open up her ear canal to hopefully restore normal hearing.  I can't express how much what these surgeries mean to me for my daughter.  Don't get me wrong, she lives a very normal life right now, with normal hearng in her right ear, but it's the little things that will change.  Her speech is being affected by her hearing, so that should improve when it is restored.  And things like being able to wear a pair of Disney Princess sunglasses is hard for Hannah, because her left ear is so little, it can barely hold them up. 

She's mostly not self-conscious about the appearance of her ear, but children do ask her about it, and try to touch the skin tag on her jaw, which is related to the microtia, and she gets upset when they do. And I've already thought about the day when she wants her ears pierced.  It would be difficult to pierce her left ear, and wearing earrings on it would only draw more attention to the fact that it’s different. 
Hannah is absolutely beautiful the way she is right now, but I know she would eventually deal with confidence issues related to her ear.  I hope I don’t sound like I have superficial and vanity concerns; I just want my daughter to live as normal a life as possible, and have the confidence it took me so long to find.  I believe this surgery will be such a blessing for Hannah.  I ask for your prayers in advance for her safety during the surgeries, and for the success of the surgeries, and for quick healing afterward.
That’s all for now!  Here’s to praying that no one else hacks into my blog!  It’s hard for me to believe people actually do things like that, but those unsolicited posts on my blog are proof.  God Bless those of you who faithfully follow this blog.  Until next time!

3 comments:

Nicole said...

Angela,
I totally understand :) Pei could get her ears pierced now because she does have a little lob on her microtia ear but I think we will wait. Would you mind letting me know who you will be using. We are looking at Bonilla in San Antonio or a doctor in Dallas (name?).
So glad that things are going well for you guy's!
Nicole

Angela Griffin said...

Hi Nicole! So good to hear from you! At this point, we would like to stay local if we can, so we've talked to Dr. Joseph Leach at UT Southwestern in Dallas. We're amazed at the photos he showed us of surgeries he's done, and I actually met a lady online whose son just recently had his first surgery with him. She has lots of pictures of her son, and his progress is amazing! I can get you two in touch if you would like.

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Angela,

I haven't been over here in awhile and was glad to hear the update on Hannah! I hope the surgery went well and I will pray about the issues you named as well! As you said she is beautiful just as she is, but I also understand your concerns about your daughter's confidence! That's only natural!

Take care and God Bless!

Hugs,
Tammy