Friday, May 16, 2014

How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?

We are waiting on financial clearance from Noah's insurance, in order to schedule surgery. His surgery will probably be in July. Then there is a 2 week healing time and then they will activate his implant.
I can't wait until he can hear his world again. I look back and I can't remember the last time he stopped rolling all over the floor and made his way to the TV to watch the Cleveland Indians play. I sometimes feel bad that I didn't notice and did something sooner for him. Nothing I can do about that now.
I'm hoping to be able to afford to take him back to a Indians game after his Cochlear Implant is in and turned on. To be able to see him react to all the sounds of a baseball game, brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
The clear piece on the left is the one that will be inserted on his scalp, under his skin. It has a magnet in it for the white circle to attach to it on the outside. The piece that looks like a hearing aide (the processor) will be gray and the cord and coil will be brown.
Can't wait until  a new door of Noah's world is opened for him.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Even without my words, you always know what I need.

When I am hurting or afraid, frustrated or weary, you gather me home into the safety of your arms.

You know what makes me smile and fills my face with light.

You make me happy when you sing my favorite song and sweep the softness of my favorite blanket across the curve of my cheek. And when you take me for walks and I feel the warmth of the sun, the cool breeze brushing by my skin.

You ignore the words of others telling you what I cannot do, and then fill the hours of every day telling me what I can.

Every day, you see other kids doing more, yet you celebrate me. Pushing away sadness, you focus on the hope of my future. You let my simple, small steps lead us forward. 

Never standing still, always in motion, you move before me. Your planning, protective and positive, prepares me for success -- meeting new people and new everyday challenges.

... and Mom, in case I ever go before I can whisper my words of thanks, or wrap my arms around you, know what I know: That before you someday soothe me into heaven's sleep, with you, I live the fullest life and I see the world through your understanding eyes. With your gentle touch, you fill my life to overflowing with the greatest kind of love." 
Love , Noah

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Friday, May 2, 2014

ABR Training Spring 2014

Sorry about the delay on posting about our recent ABR trip but,I was hoping to get our 6 month comparison file to post on here. I'm still waiting. When I get it I'll be sure to post it here.
Our trip was very enlightening in more ways then one. We learned some new techniques and it was great catching up with other  families as well..
It was great seeing Leonid Blum, the creator of ABR.
It is always awesome hearing about Noah's improvements from Leonid.
Can't wait to see the improvements Noah will make the next 6 months.