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Jack’s Cochlear Implant Journey

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Two significant things happening – Brad’s 40th today, and Jack goes under General Anaesthetic to have a CT scan at Tauranga Hospital. First GA for Jack so feeling a little nervous.  After getting prepped I took him into the scanning room and held him
until he was asleep!  Then the wait  for him to come back out!  

He came out sleepy and groggy but after a bit of sleep had an iceblock and was sent home. He got home and was okay, and then we made a make shift bed for him in the lounge and he slept, then he threw up and then he slept for a couple of hours and then he threw up!  Mack and Reid got home at 3pm and he was a live wire – funny.  

As it was Brad’s big birthday, we decided to still go out for dinner at 6pm and Jack fell asleep in the car on the way to the restaurant – we woke him up, had a quickish dinner which he enjoyed and then came home where he slept through the night. Woke up the next day and he was good as gold.

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Jack and I travelled to Auckland for 2 appointments – firstly with Estelle to do some habilitation, and then with Claire and Ruth the audiologists, to do more hearing tests.  He coped really well with both.

Tuesday 20 August 2013

Jack and I headed to Auckland last night as we had a 9am appointment this morning with Claire & Ruth for another lot of hearing tests.

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Big day today – we met with Audiologists, Estelle and the surgeon Michel Neeff.  It was great talking to Michel as he explained to us about the operation, and about what my condition possibly could be after my “gusher” experience when I had surgery in 2011.  It was very interesting.

Tuesday 3 September 2013

We had a Skype call with Estelle today, more habilitation and talking more about the operation if Jack gets approved, again, Estelle was very, very helpful.

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Another very helpful Skype call with Estelle.

Friday 13 September 2013

We had an Audiology appointment at Hearing House yesterday so Jack and I went to this appointment and then stayed in a Greenlane hotel for the night.  Brad got a ride up with a friend early this morning to provide support.  The ABR was done at
Greenlane Hospital today under General Anaesthetic.  I took Jack through and waited until he was asleep and then we
waited. The procedure took approximately 1.5 hours. When he woke up we went into recovery and he had an iceblock, cuddles, and the nurses wanted to take him home!

We left the hospital and stopped in at a friend’s house for Jack to have a run around before the trip home. We then headed home and Jack didn’t sleep at all.  The next day Jack started getting clingy and grizzly, and started getting high temperatures. All he wanted was to sleep on me and didn’t eat, but drunk a little bit.  Feeling concerned regarding his symptoms, I took him to the doctor and he had a throat swab (as his sister had had a recent throat infection) and a urine test in case he had a bladder infection – but both came back clear.  He came right after a few more days, and was back to his bubbly tornado self!  It must have been a different reaction to the anaesthetic from what he had last time.

Friday 20 September 2013

Pre-assessment appointment at Tauranga hospital for the MRI on Monday.  The anaesthetist went through Jack’s details, prior anaesthetic reactions, etc.

Monday 23 September 2013

MRI at Tauranga hospital.  A girlfriend of mine who normally works here but had the day off, came with us to “oversee” the scan.  Brad took Jack into the scanning room and held him until he went to sleep.  This procedure took approximately 1.5 hours so again, waiting, waiting, waiting!  When he started waking up he was taken through to recovery where he slowly woke up and had cuddles with Mum and Dad!  We were able to go home after an hour.

Tuesday 1 October 2013

We had a Skype call with Kelly Konsten who is the family counsellor going through a checklist to make sure we were happy with the process, and to ask any outstanding questions.

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