Let's go back a little bit, to the end of August.
At this point, we had lived a very full and fun summer. We did some camping, time with grandparents, swimming lessons, gardening (that needs a post of it's own), and Keith and I took a wonderful trip to New York city.
I can't remember when I got the phone call, but we were given the date of September 9th as a meeting with the cochlear implant surgeon. This also happened to be the first day of school. Mommy guilt ran high and I was stressed out! But we managed to work everything out in a way that made everyone happy. I got the kids off to school, had lunch with them, and then dropped Emery off with Keith at work, while my Dad drove Holland and me to the city.
At the appointment we learned that Holly's MRI was clear and everything looked normal. She was an excellent candidate for surgery! We were given a ton of paperwork to read through and then were told that they were reserving a surgery slot for her on October 1st... just 3 1/2 weeks away. Yikes!
|Her very last day wearing her right hearing aid.|
Holland did really well with all of that stuff.
And of course, somehow during that week, she happened to be exposed to whooping cough. I was so nervous! Getting a virus like that would set back her surgery date for months.
But, in the end, all was well and she was perfectly healthy for her surgery on October 1st.
|Super excited about her bracelet|
Surgery took around 3 hours. It felt like a long time to wait.
When we finally got to see her again, she was pretty out of it. She threw up a lot over the next couple of hours. But, she did eventually sleep and have an ok night.
|Just hanging out after surgery|
|Angry at her IV|
|Slightly happier without the bandage on her head|
We got discharged the next morning and she seemed pretty much back to normal.
|Home Sweet Home|
So, now we are eagerly awaiting activation day next Monday! Can't wait to see how she reacts, though we have been warned that most kids cry.
I know I never would have known anything about cochlear implants if it wasn't for Holland, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!