Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I just realized that I never posted about Ally's upcoming surgery. As most of you know, she was born with a hearing loss and has worn hearing aids since she was 4 months old. Of course, she has been monitored by audiologists since that time and the hearing in her left ear has gotten progressively worse. She is now a candidate for a cochlear implant. I can really tell that her hearing has gotten worse. When we're in the car, she makes us turn around to talk to her (so she can read our lips). When the light is off, she makes us turn it on so she can read our lips. She really looks at your face when you talk to her. We are very excited for her, but nervous at the same time. It's major surgery and just nerve racking for any parent to go through. Her surgery is scheduled for Monday, February 9th at 7:30 AM. Her surgeon is Dr. Frank Rimell at the U of M. He has done over 250 implant surgeries, and all on children. We have the utmost confidence in his abilities. When we talk to Ally about her implant, she gets really excited. Most of her friends at school have them, so she isn't a stranger to them at all. She is most excited that it'll be pink! If you're not familiar with the cochlear implant, you can check it out here: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/cochlear-implants-topic-overview. She will most likely just be in the hospital for one night (if that). I have taken a week off of work to help her recover. I know she will be a trooper through the whole thing, she always is. She is my hero.
Posted by Anna at 2:30 PM