Isaac is Deaf but hears with cochlear implants. He received his first cochlear implant on September 25th, 2006. He received his second cochlear implant on September 10, 2008. This is his journey with sound as told by mommy.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Waiting for approval
Right now we are waiting for the insurance company to respond to our request for a bilateral implant for Isaac. Hopefully it won't be a huge struggle. For Isaac's first implant our private insurance covered 80% and our state medical assistance covered the rest. I am curious to see how the second implant pans out.
On a brighter note, I am just amazed at the language that is coming out of Isaac's mouth lately. I was really focusing on him at dinner tonight and I was talking to Ian about this past saturday. I was telling him how much fun I had at the birthday party we went to. Isaac said the "candy on the floor, run to pick up candy, hit hit" That was exactly what he said! He was telling us about the pinata at Olivia's house! I know this shouldn't seem shocking to me, but he just overheard Ian and me talking about saturday at my friend's house. The cool thing is that he heard what we were saying, remembered the party and told us about it! My deaf child overheard a conversation and told me other events that transpired in that same day! Amazing.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Ian and I have decided to move forward with a 2nd implant for Isaac. This has been a tough decision to make and we have been going back and forth with it ever since Isaac had his first implant. I wrote a lengthy post a few weeks ago with the inner battle we have been fighting regarding this issue. CHOP has taken a conservatvie approach with bi-laterals and wanted to see results from the research on 2 implants in children before subjecting the kids to surgery on both ears. We are pretty confident this is the best decision for Isaac. He is doing well with one and a second implant will definately help him more than just one implant.
The team at CHOP has agreed that a second implant would benefit Isaac and now we are waiting for insurance approval. Hopefully we can get this done before Isaac is 3 years old in March.