Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Who says CI kids can't appreciate music!

While Kevin amazes me everyday with things he says, it has been a little while since I have been brought to tears by a 'CI Moment'. Today, it happened again. What a wonderful feeling!

We were driving on the way home from swim practice and there was a lull in our conversation. I had the Vacation Bible School cd on in the car and while it was going in one ear and out the other for me, I guess Kevin was actually listening to it. I remember thinking that I didn't get what the line was in the song and all of a sudden, Kevin sang 'You pray with your heart' in a little melody voice. I stopped and asked what he just said, and he said it again. He said that they learned that at Sunday School and he heard it on the song. Amazing....! Yes, this is truly God at work! Thank you!!! He heard the phrase in the song and actually sang it back. Truly amazing...!

Kevin got mapped a few weeks ago and I forgot to post his fabulous results from that trip. He continues to hear well in both ears, but the exciting news came from the tests that they performed. Last mapping, in March, they did the HINT-c test using voice and he scored in the mid-90s for both ears. They were floored by that. So, this time they decided to do the HINT-c test using a recorded CD and he scored 96% in each ear. Yes, you heard that correctly! He is only 3.5 years old!!! Cochlear Implants and Kevin never cease to amaze me!

I'm a happy Mom!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good-bye Annie

We just found out that Kevin's beloved audiologist is leaving for another job. Tomorrow will be Kevin's last mapping appt. with her. I am soooo sad about this! I have felt this enormous safety net under Kevin for the past 2.5 years because of his awesome team of surgeon, audi, and speech teacher. I am just a little shaken about how this will affect Kevin and how long it will take to regain the trust of a new audiologist. I guess I will have to start the interviewing process of a new audi now. At least we have 6 months until his next mapping. Good-bye Annie... you will be missed deeply! Good luck with your new endeavor!

Kevin continues to do awesome with both his hearing and talking. He is in a mixed age class (3 -5 year olds) in both his mainstream and auditory-oral preschools. It is crazy how well he is doing! My little jokester has also settled down and pays attention really well. He talks about everything he is learning and sings new songs all of the time. It is really fun to see how much he is blossoming!

Have I mentioned that Kevin is a fish? He swims so well that is blows my mind! He is only 3.5 years old and he is already taking side-breath strokes. Wouldn't it be ironic if my deaf child chooses a sport where he isn't supposed to wear his CI? Of course, I used the Aloksak bag and it works great, but still it would be ironic. I can't wait for the new Cochlear processor to test exactly how waterproof it is! :)

I also want to mention something that happened to us the other night. This was a first for me and it made me kind of sad. We were at a fun pizza place having dinner and happened to sit at a table next to 4 deaf adults. As soon as Kevin walked in, they made awful faces and started signing really fast to each other showing their disapproval of his CIs. Now, I don't know sign, so I don't know exactly what they were saying, but I can read facial and body language and they were not pleased in the slightest and not afraid to show it. They went on about his CI for about a 1/2 hour. I thought how sad that we totally ruined their dinner. I also realized that one day Kevin wouldn't be oblivious to this kind of hatred and I wonder how he will handle it. This was really the first time that I have encountered this first-hand. I wish I could have had a conversation with this about this, but I don't know sign language... I guess that is their point. Interesting dilemma...