Thursday, October 23, 2008

little m's surgery!

since we hadn't heard anything back from insurance or children's hospital, this morning matt talked with someone from our surgeon's office. she said that little m's cochlear implant surgery is indeed set for NEXT friday, october 31st at 8:30 in the morning. wow. that seems so freaking soon. who would have ever thought that our six month old baby would have surgery to get implants! i remember at the beginning, when we were first talking about implants, we thought she would be somewhere between nine months and a year, and even that seemed so young.

today we go for a pre-op evaluation at our pediatrician, and then next week we have two pre-op appointments on thursday, including one with the anesthesiologist. i am so excited for m - that she will hopefully have access to the hearing world, and that despite all of the hard work these implants will be that she will be able to experience sound! at the same time, as her parents, we think this is also so scary. since they are implanting both her left and right side the surgery will be a bit longer than if they were only implanting one side at a time. i was scared enough in her mri when it went an hour and a half instead of half an hour; i'm sure the 2 1/2 to 5 hour surgery will seem like an eternity! 

here is a one minute video explaining how a cochlear implant works:


  1. thanks for the video. it's helpful in understanding how the surgery will help little M. I'll be praying for peace and calm nerves this week and next. (and a successful surgery of course)

    Thinking about you guys!!

  2. You probably know way more about cilia and the auditory nerve than you ever thought possible. Would love to help however needed next week.

  3. I am so very proud of you guys...this is a hard decision to make, and I didn't want to influence you - but I think you guys would have made anything work!


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