Monday morning Tony and I took Dakota to Johns Hopkins to have her ears tested and to see her doctor. We left the house around 8:30am thinking we’d have plenty of time to get there, but because of construction in the city that we were unaware of, we pulled into the parking lot with only a minute or two to spare.
We got checked in and only waited about 10 minutes before being called back for her hearing test in the listening center. We went into a soundproof room where they made sounds come out of speakers on either side of her to see if she’d turn her head towards the noise. She did pretty good with that, but when the lady put ear buds in Koko’s ears, she wasn’t having it. She cried and cried and finally the lady said we’d just have to by what the other test results were. They asked if we could try to get her used to wearing ear buds at home that way when she came back she’d understand what was going on.
After her hearing test we were sent back to the waiting area. We waited out there for about 20 minutes and then we went back to sit in the exam room to see the doctor…where we waited for an hour and twenty minutes to be seen. One hour and twenty minutes. I’d just love to give that doctor a toddler and a 4x4 room with nothing but equiptment in it and see how she feels about it. Tony and I were pissed to say the least. By the time she came in to examine Dakota we were about ready to rip in to her, but because we’re not like that, we just let her do her 4 minute exam so that we could get on our way. No really, Dakota’s exam was 4 minutes long and the doctor was gone. It’s just not right.
Thankfully Dakota’s hearing is still the same and she’s doing just fine. We’re scheduled to go back in August where she’ll hopefully let them test her using the ear buds and her results will still be the same so that we can quit going altogether. Keep your fingers crossed for us!