After our hospitalization earlier in the month, I feared our October 20th surgery would be postponed, but we received all clearances in time to move forward. Afua was healthy, her strength was returning and we felt an overwhelming peace about the decision.
On October 20th, we woke up early and made our way to the hospital. While I didn't want her to have a yet another surgery, this held much promise.
Everything went smoothly and her implant was tested under anesthesia. It worked well which was a relief. We received our suitcase of technology and a brief explanation by the hospital audiologist.
Before long, Afua woke up and we went home. She was very nauseous the first day but the second day she was comfortable. We stayed home from school the rest of the week and she will return to school on Monday.
|a get well bear got her smiling|
|we named him "the most expensive stuffed animal that includes a cochlear implant as a bonus gift"|
Our activation will be November 21st and I am not sure what her reaction will be. Afua has had profound hearing loss in her left ear and severe hearing loss in her right ear since birth. She can hear some sounds from her right ear but she has never heard speaking (at least not clearly). This may be frightening or this may be exciting to her. Knowing Afua, she will display her usual determination to figure it out.
Will she be able to speak in the future? We don't know, but we sure can dream.