Wow. I am beat. But I am also thanking God, and relying on this insane Adrenalin that has been pumping through my entire body today.It just seems so completely surreal that this is all happening, and that my little baby (who really isn't quite the little baby anymore), has a Cochlear Implant. Wow. He has a CI, which in my opinion, is a beautiful miracle.
In a nutshell, he did fantastic. What we thought would be a 2 hour long appointment, only lasted about 50 minutes. Our audiology team is great about maximizing time with busy toddlers, so we immediately jumped into testing the connection and the processor, and then to activation. Christian's reaction to the CI was very low key. Just as our audiologist turned it on, he looked up, and then grabbed his coil and threw it off. We took this as a good sign. He did so well during the appointment, that we made an impromptu trip to the National Aquarium afterwards---what a great language opportunity!
We learned that his implant has 4 programs, and we were to gradually turn on each program throughout the day. Our audiologist told us that he may be really tired today, as his auditory nerve was going to be stimulated in a way that it never was before.
We received all of the gear that came along with the processor---my goodness. The box we left with is as big as luggage, and you should SEE all of the gizmos and gadgets in it! Christian also received a very special koala that has a CI. As soon as I am done writing this, we're actually heading downstairs to watch the DVD that came with all of this stuff.
We were told to be prepared for a bit of a regression, which we have noticed. Christian is not wearing his left hearing aid right now, as he needs to learn how to listen with his CI, which we're told, is a completely different sound than what he is used to hearing. I want to reiterate that Christian's CI is not a cure, nor is it an instant-fix. He is Deaf, and he needs to learn how to hear all over again. He's not turning to his name. He's not turning to our voices or our laughs as he did wearing his aids. He did repeat the word "Banana" and "Apple" today, which brought tears to my eyes. We know that this is going to be a long road, and a different type of journey than what we've been on. We're ready. And we're waiting to see just how wonderful Christian does.
We're heading back up to Hopkins tomorrow, for our next appointment. I will make sure that I post another update! Thanks to everyone for the love, support, and prayers. I promise I will respond to everyone's emails when I have a bit more rest and time on my side.
We're having some technical difficulties posting the activation video...in the meantime, check out these pictures from today: