This morning I had 2 messages in my inbox from parents experiencing a similar electrode problem with the same implant that Ethan has. One parent is in London and described a depressing trip to the audiologist that read almost word for word like our trip last week. Another came from a parent in Miami whose daughter lost 4 electrodes, then it became 11. She sounds very frustrated as they were told a re-implantation would be necessary, then they changed their minds and told the family that they'd just work around it.
I feel terrible for these families and what they're going through, but it feels good to know we're not alone. On the other hand, the more we learn about the shared experiences of others, the less faith I have in the implant. If they tell us they want to re-implant, I'd like to be able to have faith in the new device they are putting into his head. If there are lingering doubts about whether or not a new device will work, it makes putting Ethan through another surgery seem like a bad idea.
If Ethan had bilateral implants (like the two kids in the stories above), then going through several weeks of no hearing in the re-implanted ear would seem a lot less dramatic.