The Return of the little man

After 6 days, my grandson is home and well, to say we are ecstatic is probably understating the depth of feeling. My grandson is fourteen months old, he was born with craniosynistosis, a condition where the sutures between the plates of the skull seal before birth. His problem was with his forehead, it was triangular in shape with a ridge down the center and the temple areas were pinched in further than they should have been.

Unfortunately the condition was not just cosmetic, it affected his brain development and threatened his very life in the long term. So last Tuesday, Leon underwent a six hour operation which involved some pretty astonishing if knee weakening procedures. It was perhaps the longest six hours of our life, he came through the surgery with a small tear to the brain lining and needed a transfusion.

He was in intensive care overnight with the plan being to be transferred to a surgical care ward the next day. Over night he had a small wobble which resulted in my wife and I nearly losing our minds, but he quickly rallied and astonished us by sitting up in his cot the next day, giving out and eating corn snacks. Since then it has been one milestone after the other.

By Thursday the swelling of his eyes had receded enough to allow him to see. By Saturday there was no sign of post op infection, another tick on the list. Today, we got the word that we could bring him home, he is now sitting on the floor quite close by playing with his obviously missed toys.

We can breathe again and I can write again with some regularity, thank you for keeping with me in the recent past and thank you everybody for their well wishes, prayers and words of support. You helped a great deal to keep me sane, although, Miller reckons I am long past that! 🙂



About Geoffrey Cooling

my name is Geoffrey Cooling and I am the author here at Just Audiology Stuff. I have been involved in the Hearing Healthcare Profession for several years now. I initially worked as a Hearing Healthcare Professional for a large national retailer in Ireland.

After several years in Practice I was approached to work for a manufacturer, where I was employed for five years. I am now the Co Founder of a business called Audiology Engine. We design websites, undertake content marketing and generally look after everything digital for audiological practices. I am also a contributor to many hearing profession periodicals and websites.

I have written two commercially available books, The Little Book of Hearing Aids which is written for hearing aid consumers and Audiology Marketing in a Digital World which is written for Audiology Practice Owners. They are both available in Paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon. I also write for consumers on the website Hearing Aid Know, which is a website with the mission of demystifying hearing aids, their types and their technology.

I have a great interest in commercial strategy as it applies to Healthcare in general and specifically to Hearing Healthcare. I also have a great interest in the psychology of sales and human interaction. I have been involved with social media for some time, both personally and professionally. I find the engagement and discourse on some social media channels fascinating.

I instituted social media strategy for the company I worked for as an experiment. That experiment soon spread throughout the company and I am proud to say that the company is probably one of the most active in the industry. I would like to point out that all views, opinions and thoughts here are mine own. Unless of course they have been planted by the pod people, you just can’t take your eyes off the pod people. Those views do not necessarily reflect upon any views or opinions held by my employer, if I ever get another one.

I think that our industry is in the middle of a time of huge change, I think that the change will be forced by both internal and external pressure. I think that private Independent Healthcare Practices will have to be smart and lithe of feet in order to meet these changes. I hope that some of my blatherings are of benefit to those Practices, Independent Hearing Healthcare Practices need to survive. I believe that if that occurs it will be of real benefit to Patients.

I hope that I, and my writings will play a small part in their continued success.

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