Friday, November 21, 2008

Raspy Arman

I took the day off today to take Arman to see an Ear Nose Throat (ENT) Specialist at the BC Children’s Hospital. It seems like we take Arman here a lot. We've never taken Melur here to see a doctor though...

We have an early appointment. Arman’s old speech therapist has been trying to get Arman to see an ENT for the longest time. We’ve just been too busy to arrange it. And after all the usual going back and forth with referrals and whatnot, we finally got Arman an appointment.

Arman’s appointment was quite early in the morning. I took Arman by bus from home, while Mommy took Melur to school. We were expecting Mommy to join us at the hospital after sending Melur, but our meeting with the doctor was quite brief, and we were done before Mommy could make her way here.

It was a quick trip. When we arrived, we met with a lady doctor who prepped Arman by performing some checks to his ear. Then we met the specialist, who was extremely nice. I think paediatricians are generally very nice to want to work with kids all day long. He has apparently been to Kuala Lumpur too.

Anyway, as you’ll see me try to get Arman to explain in the video, the doctor inserted a camera into Arman’s nose to see the vocal chords. He confirmed that he has calluses called vocal chord nodes. We all saw it on a large TV screen in the room. His calluses are apparently quite normal, and sometimes takes years to heal if the child doesn’t allow the vocal chords to rest and heal. So I guess we’ll be trying to get Arman to speak a little softer at home.

I took the whole day off expecting to spend a fair amount of time at the hospital. But barely midway through the day, Arman and I were already home with Mommy. Later, I took Arman to pick up Melur at school. Arman got the chance to describe his morning to Jamie and some of his other friends at Kinderclub. He seems pretty excited by it.

We like your raspy voice, Arman. But try to rest your vocal chords a little bit. I think it’ll be good for you in the long run.

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