Thursday, November 27, 2008

Surgery Date!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! On this holiday, we have so much for which to be thankful. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the all the feelings that go along with having a child with special needs, and it's easy to forget all the many things there are to be thankful. I'm thankful for his smile, his giggle, his energy, his determination, his curiosity, and his joyful little life. I'm so thankful for all that he's taught me about life and priorities this year. We just feel so lucky to have him in our life, it's hard to describe it in words.

We had a long day at CHOP yesterday, not surprisingly! We had a scheduled, sedated CT scan, but we ended up not having to sedate him! It was wonderful! One of the nurses suggested that we try it without sedation, so we patiently waited for him to fall asleep (Daddy did a greeaaaaat job)! The scan only takes 3-5 minutes, and that's such a short test for the hastle of sedation, not to mention the fact that Lucas doesn't need all of those drugs in his system! We then saw ENT for our pre-op appointment, and officially signed the papers for Lucas' right ear to be implanted on DECEMBER 26th! Yes, the day after Christmas! It's actually perfect timing, as Nate and I will have the entire week off after surgery. We are thrilled and excitedly counting down the days!

Now the decision as to which company to choose... we have about 2 weeks left to make our decision, because they need time to order the implant. We're leaning towards Cochlear at this point, because of the babyworn processor option, but we haven't made our final decision yet! I'm sure that we'll be pleased with either company (the other choice is Advanced Bionics - our surgeon won't use Med El). Then we get to pick the color of the processor... oh, decisions, decisions! Happy Thanksgiving!


CIMKO said...

Oh, That's wonderful news!!
Good luck choosing the device!! Kauan used to have AB, but now that he had to re-do the surgery we decided to go with Cochlear... If you allow me to give my opinion, AB is not really good with accessories for babies, and that makes things a little complicated, I know for my own experience... :( Also, do you know the cause of Lucas' hearing loss?? I'm asking because Cochlear is perfect for cases of ossification or malformation of the cochlea!! :)
If you'd like to chat a little more about it, please, email me!! :)
GOOD LUCK, I'll be thinking of you! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Iz and K.

tammy said...

Oh that's wonderful news!!! What a great Christmas present that will be! Now the countdown begins! Yay!

I don't know if you got my message re: LVAS, but I'd love to share stories about it. You can email me at I'm interested in hearing what you've been told and whether or you all are going bilateral in the future etc. Good luck with everything this next month!