Meggie Velasco Photography

Work and Life Update
June 3, 2008, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Meggie Updates, updates, Velasco Happenings

Greetings from the craziest place on earth, my house.  Many of you have been asking how work, life, and Noah are.  And many of you are waiting on pictures or to hear from me on something.  I want to take this opportunity to give you an update on our little family.  I have not given a Noah update in some time, so I will start with him and backtrack a little bit.  

We found out in February that Noah had severe hearing loss.  We had taken him to the doctor because as of his 2nd birthday, he had not started talking or saying anything significant other than babbling.  He pretty much failed a hearing test.  They found that his ear drum wasn’t responding to whatever they use to test it, which indicates that there is something blocking it.  Of course, the first thing we did was put in tubes in March.  The doctor had prepared us that he may still need hearing aids after the tubes, but we would cross that bridge when we came to it.  We took Noah back for another hearing test 2 weeks after the tubes and found that he PASSED!  So there was so much fluid built up in that boys ears, he couldn’t hear anything for an unknown amount of time, we’re thinking roughly a year.  So good news, Noah can hear.  Now we have to tackle speech and unlearning the coping skills he developed when he couldn’t hear.  We started the process with TEIS (Tennessee Early Intervention Services) to get Noah federal aid to help pay for therapy.  We started back in March and we’re just now getting to the point where we can begin in home and speech therapy. Everyone has been wonderful and they’ve seen the urgency in getting our boy the aid he very obviously needs, it’s just a long process.  We are stuck with a psychologist though.  Noah is raising some red flags for autism.  We don’t know what may be a significant sign, a result from the hearing loss, or just a 2 year old’s behavior.  The one doctor in town that takes our insurance and is a TEIS provider (and is the best from what we understand) is booked till December.  As of December 28th, Noah will no longer be eligible for aid from TEIS.  We’ve been so fortunate to have answers through each door we’ve gone through, and now this is the one place that we’re stuck.  This is the most important one to catch too.  If he has Autism, each day that goes by and he doesn’t have the support and therapy that he needs, is a day lost.  If anyone knows of a child psychologist who isn’t “autism diagnosis happy” who will see Noah, please let me know.

All of this to say to everyone who is waiting to hear from me or for your pictures, I’ve been a little pre-occupied.  This is the busiest time of year for me.  I do have some people helping me out, but there is a lot of training that goes into teaching people how they can help me.  All of this with the craziest, smartest, most cunning kid (and don’t forget the cutest) that ever walked the face of the planet making me jump up every 2 minutes to keep him from getting into the fridge….again.  Please trust me when I say that all of your pictures are fine and fabulous, I’m working on them.  It’s a long process to get them from my brain to your eyes and I don’t want to give you anything but the best.  Please hang tight with me.  


So there you go, that’s my world right now.  If you would like to see the most recent pictures taken of the Velasco clan, check out this post from my neighbor Jessi. Noah is the little one at the bottom of the slide in the brown trunks….and then the one being taken DOWN! Of course you can pick me out…with the homemade “slip and slide cap”.  Do you know how long it takes for my hair to dry?!  And pink bleeds bad!     


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I know we have never even met, but I’m going to say a prayer right now that a door opens and he’ll be able to be seen by a wonderful doctor that makes all of you feel very comfortable and knows exactly what he’s talking about. . .and soon!

Comment by jessica

Have you tried a nuerodevelopmental pediatrician?
We just visited one who evaluated our son. it took a long time to get in, but of course worth it. For us it looks more like a speech delay than autism. we had signs as well but after starting speech and working intensely at home and then the visit to the ndp we don’t think so. we are going back to the ndp in2 months since he is at a critical age, she wants to evaluate him again. just remember whatever it is, the early intervention is what is going to help, so you already on the road…

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