Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Meeting My Surgeon for the First Time & Cochlear Implant Surgery Date :)

Yesterday was a very overwhelming day for me. I had my first appointment with my Cochlear Implant Surgeon for the first time. Plus Mom and I went into the city alone for the first time. I met my surgeon he was really nice and I understood most of what he said to me by reading his lips. He was always looking at me which was nice because my regular ENT doesnt do that. He asked me " how long have you had a hearing loss". I said since the age of 2. He told me I speak very well which is true and granted thankfully I do speak fine just like a hearing person because I was in speech therapy and boces my entire life. So I explained the situation etc. He asked me what implant I wanted and I told him the Nucleus 5 :). He explained to me RISK of the surgery like Mennigitis or infection etc. He also explained how he was going to do the surgery. He said he is cutting the back of my ear and the scar will be covered it will be a small scar. He has to shave a little drop of my hair becuase my curly hair is so THICK. :( but it will grow back I knew that and he told me that. so its not that serious. He explained that I can take my medicine because the headaches are rediclous and I cant live without that pill. So he said a sip day of surgery thankgoodness.

I learned so much in less than a year. I am so scared and VERY EXCITED for the first time in my life really I will be able to hear. He told me because I speak and because I have Auditory memory I will do very well. Yes I heard before but there are things I never heard before in my life like my VOICE ( NO I CANT HEAR MY VOICE I FEEL IT... that is why I talk LOUD) :) , WATER, THE BEACH ETC. THE list can go on and on...

I am looking forward to this new journey and I wanted to thank you all for being so supportive and for all the wonderful emails that I have recieved....

Ready for the GREAT NEWS??? My Surgery date is Feb 2, 2011 I dont know the time just yet will know this week. I cant believe its so soon! My nerves are jumping!!!!!


The night before surgery I will blog briefly and once I am activated I will be writing almost daily on my blog.

Stay tuned for more good news soon but you wont know until AFTER ACTIVATION which is 4 weeks after my surgery... :)

Before you know it this day will be here. I am so excited. I cant wait to hear my niece for the first time thats one of the things on the top of my HEARING WISH LIST.

Have a wonderful Day!



SpeakUp Librarian said...

Congratulations, Danielle. February 2 is just around the corner. I am so happy for you. I am marking the date so you will be in my thoughts and prayers during your surgery.

Danielle said...

Thanks Sarah!!!!

Frieda said...

Wow! That's only a couple weeks away! I'm excited for you! I'm sure it will go well ~