Tuesday, October 23, 2012


On Sunday, I was over at my mom's house hanging out a bit. And helping her and my stepdad clean out their garage a bit. Boy, there was a bunch of sounds! Mom opened the garage, oh that was loud. Things got moved around (and some of the things being moved were quite noisy and loud!), taken inside and put into the storage room downstairs, swept up, etc. Eventually the floor was cleaned off and stepdad was hosing it down and getting all the dirt out.  Mom and I had also started making some plans on Halloween decorations as well, figuring out what to put out, where will everything go, etc.  At one point, I was looking at the leaves on the ground, and then started steping on them. Oh, I heard that! It sounded kind of like a crinkley kind of sound I thought. So I kept finding more leaves to step on so I could listen. Then mom went over to the pile of leaves next to the house and stepped in the pile. That was really noisy! I preferred the sound of stepping on individual leaves.

Yesterday, Allison the audiologist came to town to do mapping appointments with her clients. This is her third visit here, and yesterday was quite busy for her! More people are coming here now to see her, which is great. And she still stops in Cheyenne too. Anyway, I got to work and noticed I had an email message from someone at the implant center saying Allison had a cancellation and if I could see her at noon. Oops, it was 12:30 then. Nope, I'll stick with the 4:30, but was asked to arrive at 4:15. No problem! I got to the Special Education building by maybe 4ish, I forget. Chatted with a mother and her daughter a bit while they were waiting for the daughter's appointment time with Allison. They saw her, and my good friend Jo showed up. She's been wanting to see one of my appointments, so I let her know when my appointment was, so she could come if she wanted. And she came. She also peeked in on the daughter's appointment, since she knew of the mother and daughter. Soon enough, it was my turn! Allison did a quick beep/tone test with my implant on, and then made some adjustments to my MAPs. No major changes. She just brought up some of the lower frequencies. The higher frequencies were left alone. She said she could write a letter stating I need an FM unit for college if needed, she's very supportive of that.

I'm still waiting to hear back from the hearing aid audiologist's office about the pricing of the FM unit. I stopped by on Friday and left a piece of paper with the assistant with the specific FM transmitter and receiver I was looking at so she could get the pricing information, and wrote down my email address for her. Still haven't heard anything yet.  I'll give it a few more days. Hopefully I'll hear back soon enough so I can get the information to vocational rehab.

I also have contacted the head of the math department at the college about my Compass test scores, and of my Algebra experience in the past. She said there is a 0920 course redesign, which is self-accelerated and I could possibly get both Elementary and Intermediate Algebra done in one semester. I could work quickly through the more simpler stuff, spend a bit more time on the stuff that I have trouble with. I contacted one of the instructors that deals with the course redesign for more information, and I'm considering taking this course next semester. I think it'll be right up my alley.  I have forgotten a lot of the elementary algebra, but I'm sure I can pick up on it quickly enough. Slowly making progress with college plans!


sayno2hate said...

at least there are plans for college! Good Luck!

I see Allison on Monday, wondering if my mappings will have leveled out yet or not. I think its really cool she travels up to WY to do mappings, so you don't have to drive down to Denver all the time. How often are your MAPpings now?

CDM said...

Seems like my mappings have leveled out a bit, I'm not going through my programs as quickly. I see Allison again in April when she comes back up again (and my last one was in July).

And today I find out the T-comm accessory is now available in North America. Woohoo!

sayno2hate said...

including my initial stim appointment, I have had 4 with Allison, first one, then two weeks, then one month, one month, and monday will be another.
Question, when she goes up to you, is it just her, or do you get to see the "lovely" interns too? I think if I had just Allison, my MAPping sessions would go much quicker...

How much is the T-Comm? are you going to get it? the 100% off the ear processor is part of the reason I decided to stay away from AB and go with Cochlear... I wasn't too thrilled about the idea of having a microphone in my hair... Do you like the BTE or the Neptune better?

CDM said...

I saw her twice in April, then July, then today. It's just herself alone when she comes up to Wyoming, no interns.

Right now I prefer the Harmony processor with the T-Mic, but with the T-comm available for the Neptune, it'll be nice to take all the weight off the ear and still have a T-mic option, so I like having the option. And when I go back to school and use the FM, I'd have to use the Neptune since I don't have the FM connection earhook for the Harmony. AB has an introductory price of $150 for the T-comm now until April I guess, then it'll be $300 after that.