The Bionic Sound Project

this girl’s journey to sound

Actual Implant Surgery Video! – *GRAPHIC* Sunday, July 30, 2006

Actual Implant Surgery Video – WARNING: GRAPHIC

And just because I *had* to…(thanks to Jen)


Cochlear Implant Surgery #2 Diary and Photos Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Here are the pictures and the diary of my experience from Cochlear Implant Surgery #2, that I’ve been promising to post for awhile!

Link to Surgery #1 diary and pictures (July 10-12)


In the car on the way to the hospital for cochlear implant surgery number 2!

Tuesday afternoon, the results of the NRI test and CT scan determined that I needed to have surgery again to fix a minor complication with my implant (easily corrected). I am the first patient EVER in all of his years of practice to have this problem. He’s heard of it, but he’s never seen it happen, so it was kinda cool being a doctor’s first case. He definitely won’t forget me!

However, I felt bad because everybody at the office was waiting for us to come back from the CT scan till after closing hours, because they needed to see the results on whether or not surgery was needed, which I wouldn’t find out until the next morning when Myrna, the secretary/coordinator, came in.

Wednesday morning, 10 minutes after they opened at 8:30, everything was in place and all set to go. I was going to have surgery at 5:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon, same hospital as my first surgery.



whiningness within Saturday, July 22, 2006

I’m sick and tired of sleeping on my left side. My left hip and ribs hurt, especially my ribs. Ugh. Still can’t sleep on my right side yet, and even if I could, it’s not comfortable.

The other problem is that either I’m too far from the TV and can’t see the captions, but am comfortable, or close enough and not comfortable. My glasses broke the day before I had surgery, and they can’t be fixed, so I have to get new ones. First I have to get all healed up, because the pressure from the arms hurt my incision, and trying on demo models in the store…eeeeeeeew germs, eeeew.

And why is it just when I finally get comfortable and can see the TV, it’s time to change the disc in the DVD? I’m now on disc 1 of season 5 of the X-Files (four 45-min eps per disc), and am enjoying re-living every minute of my shippy-ness.

And could somebody tell me why ONE pill costs close to 14 dollars? For 7 pills of my antibiotic (Levoquin), the list price is $96.11. I am so grateful for the medical insurance we have, because I only had to pay $25 out of pocket.

Ok, I feel better whining. I want to get online tomorrow, hopefully. I need human voices!


Saline Solution, Phones, and Activation

Losing 7 pounds in one day is really weird. Gotta love IV saline solution puffing you up like a balloon, and then getting it all out of your body with frequent trips to the bathroom. My mom is nagging me because she’s worried about me screwing up my electrolytes + potassium levels.

I’m about to give up on my phone, because I’ve sent text messages and am not getting responses back from people. Some said they sent me messages when I was in the hospital, and I have yet to receive them. I kind of wish I knew if I can use a real phone or not, so I could decide what to do with this phone. At least I know the email is consistent.

I’m excited about my implant activation date, and have already started a countdown to it. That is, only if my doctor says yes. I have to see him for surgical follow-up on Wednesday, and then again just right before I turn my implant on. I’m still on track for my activation date, despite having surgery twice, which is a big yay for me.


on my “things to hear with the CI” list… Thursday, July 20, 2006

On my “List Of Things To Hear With My New CI”

1. Hear Rice Krispies go “snap, crackle, pop”

Gotta thank the commercial on TV where the mom is sitting with her son, and he hears it for the first time.

I told that to Carmen, my nurse, and she said that from now on, every time she eats Rice Krispies, she’ll think of me. 🙂

What other sounds would you put on the list to hear for the first time, if you were deaf and couldn’t hear a lot of stuff?

see the responses from 14 of my friends


Cochlear Implant Surgery Part Deux Wednesday, July 19, 2006

It’s been confirmed as of this morning. I’m having my cochlear implant surgery again this afternoon.

They’re going to take my implant out and redo it. If that doesn’t work, they’re going to put a new implant in.

But this explains all the dizziness that I’ve been having (I’ll explain later with a medical picture). I just hope I don’t barf up blood like last time.


First Activation of the CI – PICTURES! Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I’ve got an interesting story to tell you about me and my CI! I went in today to do some follow-up testing on my implant, since they had trouble with it (a possible false positive) in the operating room. I had to go in to make sure that my implant was working correctly after surgery because they couldn’t rely on the first results from the surgery.

This was the first time my implant had been turned on. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and the expression says it all! They were doing something called an NRI test, which is what they do during surgery, not afterwards. And I still have my black eye!