My Daughter

We adopted our daughter at birth. When we started looking into adoption, a friend of our came forward and said she knew a teenager who was 14 weeks pregnant and considering adoption. We worked with her through her entire pregnancy, and we were even there when she gave birth. In the hospital our baby got meningitis. When she was 4 months old she was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss. The doctor said she wouldn't be a condidate for cochlear implant because her auditory nerve was so badly damaged. My wife and I were heartbroken. I was terrified for her future. Languages are extremely important to me and I didn't think I would ever be able to share that with my daughter. We ended up getting a second opinion, and a specialist said she would be a candidate. We went through the natural debate of whether or not to get it for her. She's nearly 2, and we're still going to specialists to figure out exactly what is going on with the CI. I hope we can get it for her, but in the meantime we're all using sign language. I just hope one day she can hear the wing through the grass, the sound of the rain, and the sound o my voice saying "I love you."
JeNeRegretteRien JeNeRegretteRien
36-40, F
May 23, 2012