Melody and I are ready to go!
watching Flubber on my laptop
Melody's just chilling
Colorado Rockies vehicles on display
checked in at the hotel
The Wizard's Chest!
giant lady bugs in trees in the Cherry Creek area
Today, mom got me up bright and early, of course! Stepdad and I grabbed some breakfast from the continental breakfast set up in the hotel lobby, then headed out to Swedish Hospital for my appointment with the CI audiologist. Mom and I went in while stepdad went to get some stuff for the flower mart. I checked in, and receptionist mentioned that my appointment wasn't until Monday. I had to tell her I was seeing the audiologist. Short wait, then I was led to a sound booth. Audie did some quick testing. Hearing aid alone, CI alone, then both devices off but tested with the headphones on. I failed! I got a few words and one full sentence with the hearing aid; few words with the CI but none of the sentences, and listened for the beeps/tones. Then the audie went and got my mom so we could talk, and she could do some counseling. She said I qualify for the second implant, since I did poorly with the left implant. Should be no problem with Medicare covering the second implant. She talked of the Naida and the Mid-Scala array which can help preserve residual hearing of the implanted ear (though it's not always the case). Mom had some concerns of my going bilateral and the implant destroy what little hearing I have left, which is understandable. Audie said I should do much better with the implant in the right ear, since I've worn a hearing aid on that ear since shortly after becoming deaf and having usable hearing (whereas with the left ear, it was a dead ear, no usable hearing, didn't wear a hearing aid since 4th grade, etc.) so doing the left ear was a big gamble. But with the right ear being implanted, we should see improved results more quickly. She also recommended that I get 2 Naidas, instead of one Naida and one Neptune.. I was already considering getting two Naidas myself, it just makes the most sense. I would put a Naida on my left ear, one the right, and be able to take advantage of the newer features and bilateral features of two Naidas. My thinking is that I would have the current Neptune that I have programmed to be a back up for the right ear, and leave the Harmony as is for the left. Just have to decide which color, battery types, and accessories (which I will get all figured out at a later date).
in the sound booth!
After that, we were on our way. Mom and I chatted some more about all this while we waited for stepdad to come pick us up. After being picked up, we hit up Hobby Lobby, then we hit the road (after navigating traffic jams due to road work and all that insanity!). Ended up in Loveland and had burgers at Red Robin (I had a crispy chicken sandwich instead), and roamed the promenade. Mom and I went into Barnes & Nobel while Rob went over to Macy's to check out their clearance racks. She and I also hit up Famous Footwear before meeting with Rob. Headed over to the Outlet Mall... Rob hit up the Tommy Hilfiger store, mom and I went to Dress Barn and Rocky Mountain Chocolate. Then back on the road again! We stopped in Wheatland to gas up and grab a quick bite from Taco John's, and kept going until we made it home.
bought a Stephen King book!
hanging out at the Dress Barn, waiting for mom.
uh, there's a buffalo on the hill...
Yay! Denver trip #1 is done! Home for a couple of days, then we take off again Sunday morning for Denver, for appointment #2, to meet with the surgeon and take it from there. I would like to get the second implant done this coming fall, before November if possible (mom and stepdad both have November birthdays, and with holidays coming up meaning busy schedule for stepdad at the flower mart, and winter = icky winter weather for driving so best to avoid that...) I don't know, we'll see. Let's at least meet with the surgeon and we'll take it from there.
Just nuts... to go all the way down to Denver for a short audiologist appointment... But surgeon is out this week, and audie isn't on office on Monday, so there was just no way to get both appointments done in one day (like was originally planned). ah well, things happen.