Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick or Treat

Love this example of brotherly love.

Our own little "Bob the Builder"

Another year of trick or treat. This year was extra fun because Jordan was able to participate. He was such a trooper, walked most of the way. He was afraid that if he rode in the stroller he would not get the candy. It was so cute to hear him say..."and treat" when he went up to a house and we did get many "thank yous" from him. Overall it was a fun night and the kids got way too much candy, they will be on quite the sugar high for awhile.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Progress has been made!!

Today after I put Allison's snugfit on her right CI( the one that has been giving us so many problems) I was putting it back on her ear and she knew that it was not on!!! I know that does not seem like a big thing, but it is to us. It has taken many many months to get to this point. For a while there, I was questioning whether we should have even implanted this ear, so I am thrilled that she knows that it was not on. She did this without her left CI on, so I know she knew.
On Monday, during the booth test, she scored at 40-50 dB's across the board(wearing just the right ear). This is a slip from where she was, but she was very consistent in her responses. In the past she would not be sure she really heard the sound, but on Monday she dropped those blocks in the bucket with confidence. YAY Allison.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sigh of Relief

Allison's appointment went really well today. Her audilogist was able to correct the problem and no surgery will be needed. All of the electrodes are working, YAY!!
I guess what happened was her coil was starting to fail and it was sending strange signals to the processor. When I changed to the new coil, the processor was getting a different message and it did not know what to do, so it started making the buzzing noise. The processor was reconfigured and her programs where adjusted. We will have to start adding programs like we did when she was 1st implanted, but at least it is working there are no more bees in her ear.

Friday, October 16, 2009


That is my feeling right at this moment. I could scream!!!!

We are having major problems with Allison's right Cochlear Implant. It all started 2 weeks ago when I changed her coil, I thought I was doing a good thing, being proactive, getting it changed before it totally went out and she was left without hearing in that ear. I put the new coil on, put the magnet back on( I did have a little trouble getting the magnet out of the old coil). I gave the CI back to Allison to put back on. About a week later, she tells me that there is a buzzing noise in her ear. So began the phone calls to her audiologist, a phone call to Cochlear to get a new processor, new coils and such. I have changed every external part on her implant and the bee is still buzzing in her ear.

We have an appointment on Monday with her audiologist. My fear is that the implant is failing and we are looking at more surgery. I guess the good thing is that it is her newer ear and she is still hearing out of her older implant. So that is something.

I will keep everyone updated. I would appreciate any good thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jared's trip to the Apple Farm

Today, Jared and his class enjoyed a field trip to the apple farm. It was a fun filled morning, learning about apples, enjoying apple cider, picking apples and eating apples.