In the past four months since our last Tuscan Pediatric Course on Audiology where we invited regional representatives to participate in the hope that they would take what they'd learned to their regions and create a course to train pediatricians in Audiology, two regions have already begun and concluded training courses from Screening to Diagnosis and Habilitation..
I have been invited to speak on the parental perpective in two other regions, while yet another region has prepared a course for May.
So, Tuscany, Marche, Lecce, Salerno, Calabria, Sardegna and Abruzzo are on their way to assisting so many families.
And I have found that the pediatricians involved in this Audiology Network are passionate about creating the courses and providing the resources necessary to help the families.
Sometimes, although I've explained the bumpy road in so many blogposts, it seems surreal. And I have this strange sensation of calmness, no idea where it came from, but I think I'll hold onto it.
I mean you fight the battle, and while you're in the middle of it, you don't even imagine what getting closer to the finish line might mean.
And then you get a call from yet another mom whose child resulted refer for the Newborn Hearing Screening, she is distraught, in shock and does not realize how she will cope with the news of a potential diagnosis.
She has one thing we did not.
Time and resources to make the best decisions possible for her child.