Friday, September 30, 2011

Counting The Days

I just want a date.... a surgery date that is. :-)
Tomorrow is October first, finally the month I will/should get that date. I am hoping to be activated by Christmas. Now wouldn't THAT just be the best Christmas ever? As I said hoping but not expecting. Surely I will at least have surgery by then. I do know people that are seeing the same surgeon and their wait is not that long but who knows by the time I go what it will be. There are others I know that have to wait 3 months before their surgery. Waiting has not been easy but I should be a pro at this by now! (the waiting that is)

As we say in the CI world, keep expectations low but hopes high. There are no guarantees. It is amazing to me that today's technology can make a deaf person hear. Who would have ever thought this could be possible? At this point, being completely deaf, if I hear anything at all come activation day it will be nothing short of a miracle. Chances are that I will do well but I am trying hard not to think that way. I want to do well of course but I don't want to expect it and be disappointed.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Looking Forward To An Informative Month Ahead

I am so nervous! This implant is ALL I can think about. I am just going through the motions of every day waiting until it is my turn. As I said in a previous post, I meet the surgeon October 26th. That is a month away. Ten days before then, I am going to a BEA meeting which should be full of great information. Since the recall ended last month, by this time they will know how things are going as far as getting the implants needed at this time. Lots of people have been waiting and surgeries are happening now but I'm not sure if supply has met demand yet. There is also a new processor coming out that I will be eligible for!! I am really excited about this one and can't wait to find out all about it. It is called the Neptune and is water PROOF! Yes, you can go swimming with this baby! YEA! This processor is not warn behind the ear (like a hearing aid) but is a body warn processor. It is so small that it can be clipped to swimming goggles!

I will get two processors with my implant. One is for back up. This to me is excellent as there is nothing like getting my hearing back only to lose it if something should break. Up until now, most people got two behind the ear processors. I think having one of each will be the best of both worlds. For one thing, I'm not sure I will like the behind the ear. My hearing aids were never comfortable but something I had no choice over. At least with the implant, there are no ear molds! That was the most uncomfortable. I do however want the BTE because of my hopes to use a phone again. This processor has what is called a T-Mic which fits right in the ear canal so I can use a phone just like you hearing people! I have not used a phone in so many years now that I'm not sure I will get back in the habit of that but it will be nice to be able to if the need arrives. Also to stay connected with my family. There is also a "holder" for the BTE that has a clip so you could wear it elsewhere. I am going for that option too. This is mostly used by children but hey, I just a big kid. :-)

I have only heard of one adult that preferred the body warn processor but I really think I might just fall in this category. He says he would rather others not know he is HOH/deaf so he clips it to his belt and it looks like another phone/pager etc. Most don't like it because of the wire. That will definitely be something to get use to (and keep my cat from attacking) but I think it might be easier to get use to than a BTE. So many decisions to make! There are also two types of batteries, a slim cell and a power cell. The slim is smaller/lighter but doesn't give as many hours as a power cell. I don't know if I can handle the weight of a power cell but would love the added time. We get four so I'm going for two of each. I will only open one of each and try them out and the unopened one can be exchanged if I need to. I also have colors to choose. I will bet when I go to the surgeon there will be something else to decide on that I have given no thought to. I sure hope I make all the right decisions because there is no re-do. I have my list of questions for the surgeon that I am adding to all the time. Maybe in my next post I'll get the scanner out and should you some of the choices I have.

Friday, September 16, 2011

I Am Finally Going To Meet My Surgeon :D

It has taken almost a month to get this appointment. I swear it takes an act of congress to get an appointment! It has been a huge run around between emails and getting nowhere fast. I am off work today so I went by my sister-in-law's and got her to make the call for me. I mean come on, how hard is it to make an appointment? Everything is approved and all I need is to see the surgeon and set up a surgery date. It took a few calls to actually get a person but we succeeded! I go meet my surgeon on October 26th and I hope on that day to say, "I have a surgery date".

I am so excited and so nervous as well! I have so many emotions going through me right now it is hard to describe!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's Been A Tough Week

A couple of weeks actually. Since my approval, things are at a stand still again. My counselor always says she will get right on it but nothing happens. I tried to "help" things along by emailing the surgeon myself. I told them I was approved and waiting for AB but would like to get on the waiting list ASAP, could they call my counselor to confirm my approval.

My response to this (within an hour) was to forward my email to someone at VR. *sigh* I got a response from them the next day only saying they could not get involved. I don't understand why the surgeon's office could not make a phone call. I would be on the list and probably have an appointment with the surgeon. Even though the recall has not ended as of yet, it is coming in the next few weeks. I would like to have all of this done by that time but it doesn't look like it is going to happen. :-(