Tuesday, November 27, 2007
He's a happy hearing boy!
It has been one week since Ethan began hearing with his 2nd implant. He's doing really well and seems to be adjusting slowly but surely. He still protests each time we put it on, but it's very short-lived and he has not been removing it at all.
The new processor has very low settings right now, so we know that he isn't able to hear nearly as much with it as his first implant, but I'm already noticing him turning to sounds in the house that he would have previously ignored. I can see subtle changes in his attention and the fact that he is responding by turning his head to these sounds is a very good sign.
We've seen a lot of reflux in recent days. Ethan doesn't let it get to him too much, but he has several moments each day that have looked tentative and he has actually thrown up a few times as well. (I can't get the smell of vomit out of the rug, do you have any suggestions?) We haven't seen his reflux flare for this many days in a row since he has been on prevacid. I can't help but wonder if the new implant is somehow involved in the problem.
E-boy's balance looks much better today than it did one month ago. I can't tell you if that's just natural progression for him or if the new implant is at play here, but it's exciting to see these shifts. He now has the ability to run and is trying his best to learn how to jump. Aunt Audrey recently said to me "One day we didn't know if he would ever be able to walk, now we can't keep up with him!"
Ethan said his first consonant sound on Thanksgiving! His dad was the only one to hear it, but he said the letter C! Rich reports that he made the sound a few times, so we've been working on it all week in hopes of hearing it again. Whenever I tell one of his therapists about a new sound of Ethan's, I hear myself saying "who knows when we'll hear it again since he's so inconsistent." It's odd to me that these little pieces of progress don't stick in his memory, but that's a hallmark of verbal apraxia according to what I've been reading lately. How do you get it to stick?
So that's a wrap...I'm working on expanding the photos on this blog so stay tuned for more cuteness.