This is going to be a quick post...I am rushing around trying to get everything ready for Thomas' 3rd Birthday tomorrow (it is his actual birthday "day", too).
I also have to mark Thomas' anniversary as being a bilateral boy. 1yr ago today Thomas 2nd CI was activated ~ it didnt go as well as I had liked but within a few long weeks he was wearing both processors and within a few months he was loving hearing from both ears.
The decision for the 1st implant was a "no brainer". We wanted Thomas to hear and the CI was our only choice. Thomas' surgeon only implants one ear at a time and for us that was OK (looking back I would have preffered to have them both done at the same time). The decision for a 2nd implant was a difficult one. Thomas was profound in his left ear but he it wasnt as bad as his right ear. He could still turn to sound and hear some things ~ I think our hesitation had to do with cosmetic reasons also. I couldnt imagine my poor little boy having to have these things hanging off his ears and sticking to his head for the rest of his life ~ one side was OK..I couldnt imagine both sides. Looking back I realize how foolish that was but that's how we felt.
Now his processors have become a part of who he is. He wakes up and the processors go on....after bath ~ processors on...coil falls off ~ flip it back on. Its no longer a chore or a struggle. Thomas wants both ears on ALL the time. He loves to hear, he loves to listen, he loves to talk!
I can't believe Thomas will be 3yrs old tomorrow. We have come such a long way ~ it has been a road of ups and downs but it is SOOOO worth it. We are going to have a lovely Birthday party with our family tomorrow ~ we had to call a few friends with little ones to tell them that Thomas is sick so we'll get together next week. I kind of heard the sickies start in Thomas' voice yesterday ~ I thought it may have just been allergies. This morning he woke up with a cough, runny nose, sneezing and he told me his head hurt. Poor kid ~ i do hope he is feeling much better by tomorrow.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Thomas ~ my sweet bilateral boy!!!