|Orion and his big sister, Anastasia, in her kindergarten classroom after her graduation ceremony. (6/6/2012)|
We decided to go ahead because Orion showed us he benefited from his right ear CI. He enjoys rhythm, music (Macarena is one example), sing-songy voices. His eyes would widen, he'd smile, he'd start breathing fast, stop playing with a toy, do a vertical dance with his legs, or rotate his ankles doing his trademark "Happy Feet". We struggled to keep the magnet/coil on his head because it was on the flat side of his head that he favors resting on. He is not an independent sitter yet. He can sit but is so sure someone is behind him if he decides to lean back. (<--- he's right, tho!) He'd pull the coil/processor off and chew on it! So, with all these interruptions and limited time with wearing his CI, with the positive responses he's had it's clear to us that he will benefit even more with his 2nd CI. (Or benefit from having two expensive chewing toys.) It'll help him figure out where sounds are coming from, including triangulating where the ice cream truck is.
The quest for June 11th all started when Orion was seen by a nurse practitioner for an ear infection back in April. She wanted him to get a CT of his left ear area. When I finally got that done at Johns Hopkins last month the rest was like running water. Eight days after Orion's CT was done, his surgery was confirmed for June 11th. During those 8 days, we returned to JH for surgical consult and then a hearing test (with his "old" hearing aids). That was fast! I was worried it'd happen much later into the summer, screwing up our vacation and moving plans. I hope Orion stays healthy through the weekend, same goes for his surgeon, and then the surgery is already behind us by 10, 11 a.m. June 11th.
CI activation is usually a month later. It hasn't been scheduled yet. We know Orion and I will fly back to Baltimore for this since we're taking off cross-country, then mid-country before the ideal one-month period.