So, the phone rings yesterday morning at 8am...I see it's a Baltimore number, and I know it's the call that I've been waiting by the phone for. Chuck was staying home for the day, as we were going to see the Holy Father (look for a recap post later).
There was a cancellation.
We're not waiting until June.
We don't even have to wait until May.
We're getting it THIS Monday. This time next week, he'll be implanted. I can't help but point out that we received this news on the day that we were going to go see Pope Benedict XVI (for those of you who don't keep up, we received the candidacy news on the day I received my Papal Mass ticket).
We haven't even had a moment to breathe about this. I went into my typical logistical management mode (because that's what all Event Planners do), and started writing my list of things that needed to be taken care of. It was surreal and absolutely a shock. We were completely prepared for an "Early Summer" date. This Monday? Yeah, not that much...
So, here we are. Our good friends and parents have asked us "Are you ready? How do you feel?". In all honesty, we're totally ready for this. We've been waiting to get on with our journey with Christian. We've been researching this option for months and months. I've read what seems like every single article on the internet, watched all the videos on YouTube, talked with parents, and have already went through all the emotions surrounding the actual idea of an implant. Now what I'm dealing with is the anticipation, and just the general worry of having my baby in surgery. While it IS an outpatient, the fact that he is going to have to be put under anesthesia and have his skull drilled through is really giving me serious anxiety attacks.
We've pretty much decided to clear our calendar of our usual weekend craziness to prepare for this. We have some serious family time planned on Saturday and Sunday. And Chuck and I need to get emotionally prepared for all of this...come Monday, everything will be different.
For everyone who is curious about exactly what is going to happen to Christian on Monday, here's a link on YouTube that shows a Cochlear Implant Surgery.
This is a great animation that demonstrates how the CI works...
Please continue to keep our family in your prayers---we'll keep you posted throughout the weekend, and of course when we get home from the hospital.