Friday, November 24, 2006

November 24 - Four Days Post Switch On

Well, they said it would happen - and it did! This morning when we put Aiden's implant on, there was no crying! In fact, he did so well that I thought we should try changing his settings to Map 3 instead of waiting for the weekend. So we did, and again he did great!! I almost went to Map 4, but I decided not to push my luck. Maybe tomorrow :>

Great responses to sound today. We notice him responding the most when he is in his booster seat at the table. I wait for him to look away or down and then either clap or make one of his "learning to listen" sounds - and right away he looks up! Of course we clap and cheer and get all excited. He seems to think this is a fun game.

One of his "learning to listen" sounds is of an airplane (ahhh, ahhh, ahhh - not your typical airplane sound, but the one we are supposed to do with this therapy). Today, after I did the sound, I handed the airplane to Aiden and he flew it around and made the ahh, ahhh, ahhh sound!!! Coincidence? Maybe, but I gave him lots of encouragement none the less.

Noah again is great with him today. He wants to do listening sounds with Aiden as well, and has invented a few of his own. Who knew that "dig, dig, dig" was the listening sound that a bulldozer made? :>

The ear level microphone is staying on better today. Still not GREAT, but better. We are using the little "huggie" that holds it on and that seems to work a bit better. I'm still looking forward to Ric bringing the ear mold to try that trick out. He's planning to come either today or early tomorrow.

There is such amazing weather here in Ottawa today that it's hard to beleive we're into late November - and almost a month away from Christmas. I think it must be 10 degrees. This has allowed us to go to the park and out for walks, so that helps keep us busy. I'm missing the "break" that I got by going to work a bit today. At least it is fun to point out everything to Aiden and tell him the words for lots of objects. I'm sure that will keep me entertained for another couple days, weeks, years - whatever :> :>

Actually, when the kids wake up (yes, both sleeping at once!!!) I think we will head to Starbucks (thank your for that break Cheryl!!!) for a drink and to Chapters to check out what books they have in stock that contain some "learing to listen" sounds for Aiden. Until tomorrow....

9 Comments:

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been such a privilige, tonight, to read and learn and catch up with Aiden's progress since his implant. I feel quite emotional right now, as I hear the wonder and excitement of all that he and you are experiencing together. I am SO.........happy for all of you! What a brother Aiden has!!

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!

I have so enjoyed reading about Aiden's journey. Our 10 month old son is profoundly deaf in both ears and is on his way towards cochlear implantation... ( we are hoping bilateral implantation around his 1st b-day... pending insurance approval ) Anyways, it looks like Aiden is doing SO GREAT!!!! How thrilling and exciting for your family. We have two older sons, ages 7 and 4 who have normal hearing and I cannot wait for Beau to be able to hear all the noise that his two older brothers make!!! WE are so thrilled for your family....

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your comments! We created this website for a bunch of reasons, but one of the big ones was that we hoped people who were going through a similar experience could read, learn from and feel supported by our journey. It is such a nice feeling to know that this is happening! Please feel free to leave more comments :>

 
At 4:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful to read this sort of info. Brings back good memories...
Keep them up. They will be great to read back in a couple of years.
(Wish I had started sooned :-) )

 
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