More on the Med El DUET hybrid CI and on my CI

More on the Med El DUET hybrid CI and on my CI

I was going to add this to the previous post but decided to start a new one here: Hearing preservation was a goal of mine and my surgeon going into my CI surgery. We did implant the worse of my two ears, but I had a fairly significant amount of hearing in the lower frequencies. As a musician I’ve found that hearing aids work pretty well for music, so why not try to save that hearing? They used the MedEl Medium electrode which contains 12 electrode pairs spaced more closely than the normal MedEl deep insertion electrode. For me, the electrode array was only inserted to 10 of the electrodes as deep as 20mm in order to save my low frequency hearing. Even so, this should give me plenty of stimulation from the CI alone. On a related note, I finally understand...

“I won’t think about that now, I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

“I won’t think about that now, I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

Surgery went fine. Everything fine. I just got home (8:30pm) – exactly 12 hours after they took me into the OR. Where’d my 12 hours go? Well, 3ish hours for surgery, 4ish hours to wake up enough to be able leave (did I tell you I spent 10+ hours in the car yesterday between work and driving to UNC?) an hour or so to actually do the leaving, and 4ish hours to get back to town, fill the prescriptions, pick up ice cream and come home. The first dose of Percocet wore off 3.5 hours ago and I took Tylenol in the car (around 5:30? gotta pay attention, Don says 5:50). The Percocet made me feel awful, so I’m planning on taking it unless I’m still awake and can’t sleep 5 hours from now. He didn’t prescribe an anti-nausea medicine I...

A Note About House

I don’t watch House, or much TV at all honestly, but apparently they had a patient receive a cochlear implant on the show tonight. I read a summary of it in Nabeel’s blog and just from reading that decided I should make a ‘that’s not how it works, folks’ post, just in case.

Lilacs

Lilacs

Lilacs Originally uploaded by sajego Growing up in upstate New York  one of the surest signs of spring was the lilacs blooming.  Rochester even has a festival celebrating lilacs (http://www.lilacfestival.com/) but it won’t start until the 2nd week of May.  Here in Virginia there are so many spring flowers.  In March we had daffodiles and the earliest flowering trees. Now those are gone and the azaleas are starting to bloom.  The red bud trees flower all over in the woods but will soon be gone.  It was nice to run into a couple of lilac bushes on my walk at lunch today.  I’ll have to see if I can figure out where to plant...

Spot the ASL interpreter

Spot the ASL interpreter

Spot the ASL interpreterOriginally uploaded by sajego This is only the second band event I’ve been to at Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s house here in Charlottesville) but both times so far they have had a sign language interpreter for the event. This doesn’t help me much since I’m seated in the band and can’t see much of anything anyway. I did learn that the sign for Thomas Jefferson is just TJ. The photo shows the view from my...

Good Morning

Good Morning

Good MorningOriginally uploaded by sajego Hard to get up with such a cuddley pillow.

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