Next we went over to the ENT where Dakota saw the audiologist. We knew Dakota could hear up to the cochlear but past that we weren't sure. So his ENT here in Maine sent us down for a possible sedated ABR(auditory brainstem response). They were able to do the test without sedating him. He was so tired from the last appointment. He did a great job and the audiologist was very impressed with how well he did. Not only is the nerve past the cochlear not damaged but just beyond that seems to be just fine! She told us that typically by this age if he was going to have nerve damage then we would be able to tell with that test. So good news there Dakota's hearing is perfectly fine. My big question was "how is he processing what he hears" unfortunately right now there is no test that can explain that. So for now we just continue waht we are doing with his communication plan. She suggested that she see him every 2 years unless we feel it needs to be sooner.
The last appointment was to get the cast off! Dakota did much better then we had anticipated with these but we were so happy to get them off. The end result was great. He is able to get 5 degrees past neutral and when he stands he is flat on the ground! He use to stand on his tippy toes with out his braces on. They wanted use to continue to use his night braces to help keep his muscles loose. We tried the night braces last night and he only lasted 3 hours with them on. I don't understand how he dealt with the cast for 10 days and nights yet doesn't want anything to do with the night braces. Tonight we are trying his regular AFOs, so far so good.
So overall a good trip down. Not sure I would schedule three appointments in one day again. It was alot on Dakota and Jordan. Charlie and I were saying that one day we will be able to come to Boston for a fun family trip and not for any appointments.
We are getting ready for Dakota's annual memorial yard sale this week. If you are in the area stop by.