Please forgive my absence the past few days. We've had internet troubles at the apartment in addition to a very busy schedule. Zane has been coming along fantastically. He's been able to do a few more things on his own for the first time. He's blowing his nose on his own, picking up a full glass and drinking on his own (without a straw), and brushing his teeth without any support or assistance. They may seem like small things, but they're huge victories to us. We get giddy like little kids every time we see him do something new.
Last night Zane, mom, and I attended the Phoenix Society's Burn Support Group Christmas party. It was held over at Shriner's Hospital & a mix of burn survivors, spouses & family, and hospital personnel attended. It was soo good for Zane to see other people just like him who have suffered through many of the same things. He was able to talk to a couple of guys who had damage to their hands as well, and it really helped him to see them with their function back. They talked about things like weight and muscle loss, the pain, itching, and tightness. If anything else, it just helps to know you're not alone. I got to talk to one of the guys' wife as well, and it means so much to relate with someone who has been in my shoes. We also saw several people with much more severe burns, especially facial burns. It made us truly thankful that God spared Zane's face and humbled by the sheer miracle of it all.
This morning Zane went in for an audiology consult to try and get some more information on his hearing loss. The news we got was not good. Zane has moderate to severe damage to his inner ears. He cannot hear mid-range pitches in his left ear and has lost both mid-range and high pitch hearing in his right ear. Because the ears have different amounts of hearing loss, they concluded that the loss was probably due to the accident and trauma itself, rather than medications or other post-accident procedures. It isn't common for burn victims to have hearing loss, so there is not a lot of research on cause and effect. They told us it was hard to know for sure if his condition would improve, but that is wasn't likely. There is also nothing that they can do for him, other than possible hearing aids down the road. Hearing aids won't fully solve the problem either, as they amplify more than address the issues that Zane has with different pitches. Right now, Zane has some trouble hearing people talk on the phone or hearing someone talk on his right side or behind him. He also confuses what words we're saying because he loses certain pitches in the words themselves. So.. all of this said, I want to ask you again for prayer, and lots of it! We are refusing to accept final defeat and are believing that God can restore Zane's hearing. It is one thing to pray for something.. it is another to truly believe that it will happen. So please believe with us as well.
Tonight Zane and I had the opportunity to go see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at TD Garden, which is just across the parking lot from Spaulding. We were offered tickets by a very generous gentleman I work with (thanks Kevin!), and were so thankful to be able to attend. It was a fantastic show.
I can't let the cat out of the bag yet, but I have some exciting news to share very soon! Stay tuned! :) Thank you all again for your amazing support. Zane and I read each and every comment, email and card, and are blown away by your kindness. We pray that God will richly bless all of you praying for Zane.