DAY 4 AFTER "SWITCH ON"
SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Two weeks have passed since the implant and I have been busting for this day. The two week interval is to allow any swelling to subside and general healing. Remarkably pain free actually - some stabbing pains arose after a week but they seem to have gone. Paracetamol and neurofen were sufficient to control and pain when required. However, They were days of relative silence as the hearing aid in the other ear struggled.
HINT: in those days of silence I asked the family to CLAP THEIR HANDS LOUDLY when they were coming near me if I could not see them. Why? I would jump ten feet off the chair with fright and suprise and successfully shorten my life span I suspect.
Hail bionics!!! Well, that's what I call them. Albeit the sound is hugely strange - and my expression for that at the moment is "like Dr. Who in a faulty Tardis under water" - but I can hear something and I know this will improve. It has taken a while to concentrate on listening to the "new" voice sound.
Hail computers! As you would know This process relies on computers. I enjoy computers and the first "mapping" was a fascinating process. Twenty two channels have to be adjusted. How lucky are we as I understand when Cochlear first began - there were but two!
It's off to work we go - I would love to see more figures on the positive effects of "homework". In any case I am determined to do lots. In these four days I have done my set homework, joined "Angel Sound" (it's on PC and iPad) and am doing their levels, had a patient friend and my husband somone read my homework, listened to my Grandchildren read Fairy stories I sent them and almost finished an audio book. Too much - I don't know and one day I ended with a huge headache.
HINT: I love the audio book - with the Kindle app on my iPad I have a "Whisper Sync" book where I can listen and read the text at the same time. What I call cheating is working well - I read faster than the Kindle app so I can read ahead a few lines and try and listen without the text. Maybe it's too early for this but is fun.
Walking - have been taking long walks on the surgeon's advice. This is good - getting used to buses, motobikes and the like and then head to the quiet of the side streets. At 72 I need to do my 10,000 steps anyway. Great way to clear the head.
Can't wait for the next mapping in a few days as I understand the mapping can change very quickly.
http://leapoffaithci.blogspot.com.au/ - fun blog
Also joined the "Cochlear Family" - all sort of useful information for keeping up to date with dvices, insurance, cochlear stories and more.