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Today I had to take DS in for a special hearing test. He had a test in the booth but seemed to be missing certain sounds consistently and they weren't sure if it was due to toddler distractbility or an actual hearing problems. So they scheduled a test called an ABR this morning. Basically, he naps (with the help of a mild sedative), they attach electrodes to his head and earplugs in his ear, and measure his brain's response to sounds.
The good news is that his hearing is fine. Chalk one up for toddler fickleness.
The bad news is that it was soooo hard to get him to sleep. We woke him at 5:30am, so he would be tired by 9ish for the test. We also could not give him food or drink for 3 hours prior. So we nursed at 5:30am, but that was it.
The sedative made him disoriented and being in a strange room made him fight sleep so bad. I walked him, rocked him, put him in the sling...to no avail. He just cried and cried. I sung, bounced and even lost my temper a few times as he pulled my hair and hit me. He thrashed and kicked and my back and arms are killing me. I was in tears at one point. All I wanted to do was nurse him. And he kept signing "Please" and "Nurse" and I was so sad that I had to say No. (Needless to say, I will not be initiating weaning any time soon!)
Eventually they gave him another 1/2 dose and I put him in the stroller (crying) and walked him up and down the hall. 5 mins later he was out cold (an hour total).
I felt so bad for the poor guy. He doesn't seem to have suffered permanent damages, as he was his normal happy self all afternoon. But geez! How do people do CIO by choice? Granted in this case, holding him didn't help, but when you know it will, how do you just let them cry? That was enough crying for me for a long time!
Anyway, just wanted to vent to an understanding bunch of moms.
Jenn, perpetually tired mom to DS(9): DD(4.5): DD(2) :