Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pre-Implant Therapy has begun

So we are back from our first week of Pre-Implant Therapy. I spent the week studying the ear and rattled off how the ear works when we include the names of the bones that conduct sound as it passes through to the cochlea.....blah, blah, blah. Anything to get on with this process! We covered the ear, the types of hearing aids and implants, the types of communication, different kinds of hearing loss...audiograms.., what the parents roles are for therapy...standard stuff. I knew about 95% of what she told me and picked up some new information as well which I found really interesting. If you have never studied what the ear/ brain does to understand sounds and speech you should check it out. IT is really amazing and something I know that I take for granted.

It looks like the hold up on our end will be Insurance approval which can take up to 30 days... I will start calling them as soon as they submit the paperwork. My plan is to become Tim Robbins from Shawshank Redemption and call them constantly until they move us along. If everything goes as planned we could have at least one ear done by July and hopefully both.

We will be heading back next week for more parent education. I do love her therapist. Molly is in good hands. As soon as I graduate from Cochlear Implant Therapy class we will be heading back into therapy with her original local therapist who is also really good...and we will stay with her until they force us back to Birmingham.


Patientlywaiting said...

Wow, you have a lot of pre-implant work to do. We had Claire's surgery at a military hospital and they didn't make us work as hard. You certainly will be making an informed decision! We are 3 1/2 weeks post surgery and 1 1/2 post activation. It is a lot of work but so worth it to give our little girls the chance to hear.


Angie said...

That's amazing news and from what I know about you, you'll fly out of class with success. I am still waiting to see recent pictures of your precious girl...and your boys too!

Shannon Seibert said...

Hi, I didn't know how to contact you but leave a comment. We just received a referral for a 16 month old little girl from Fuzhou City in Fujian. She is a WC and is in foster care. I'd love to talk to you and ask some questions! THANKS!