Mandy called AB for me again on Thursday. We finally got ahold of Kathy, and she insisted that either I or my mom had called to place an order, and that we had given them a credit card, and that the last 4 digits were 3313. So I’m positive that it was a mix-up on their part, and supposed to go to another family with the same last name as mine.
Mom just has to send it back to AB, unopened, with a note “Did not order. Wrong shipment.” So that’s been taken care of. But what a lot of hassle, especially for an order that you did not place! I feel bad for the family that is waiting for the headpiece to arrive in the mail, and know it would be awful to go without a working CI for any length of time. I hope they figure it out soon, so that they can get back on the road to listening.
Yesterday, I had speech with Karen. I’m doing well, but still struggling with producing some sounds correctly, especially “Z”. Read Karen my poem for practice, so I can read it in class on Monday. She loved it. So hopefully I will be able to pull it off on Monday, to read it the way I want to. But I’m really liking this approach to therapy that Karen is taking. She has a list of key words that I have trouble with, and using that key word, she asks me a question. I have to answer the question using the key word, and it still allows me to express myself, instead of rote repetition. Spontaneity is good, as it’s most like conversational speech!
Walking to Mandy’s office, I ran into Catherine, and I chatted with her for a few minutes. We talked about the CI class and when they were going to offer it next quarter, and to see if it would be possible to switch it around. She also asked me about how it was sounding, and some of my observations and suggestions for tweaking. Then we discussed the 120-Channel Processor, and that an AB Clinical Specialist was planning on coming at the end of December/early 2007. The training is scheduled to take place close to the release date, so based on the online chatter, I’m thinking that it will be released in January. Anyways, I volunteered to be their guinea pig if they needed one. I really cannot wait to see what will happen with the Harmony, but am focused on maximizing as much as I can with the Auria, because once I get the Harmony, the Auria becomes my backup processor. It’s just fun to dream about what might happen with the Harmony.
Then I met with Mandy for listening practice, and we tried out the HATIS system for the cell phones. It works, but I don’t like having to attach the headset to the phone, and then put it behind my ear. I want instantaneous access to the phone. There’s another version that is made for listening to music, and doesn’t require all these specialized wires for the HA versus the CI. That might be something to look into, as it works with the T-Coil function on both devices.
We did some practice exercises today, and a page from “Nucleus Hear We Go!”. She picked out TV, but it was hard, because I’m behind with current events, since I tend to watch my favorite shows on DVD, only watching hit shows like House and Project Runway these days. So we included famous people and movies. I was offended when she made a comment about my beloved Christina Aguilera, but it’s all cool (since I’m used to hearing it from my friends). (but you started it, by baiting me to put it here, so here it is! meanie. :-P).
But now I will be working with “Making The Connection” on my own at home. Mandy’s got a few more programs she wants to try out with me, but she’s going to show me later. It’s more difficult for her, because a lot of stuff that she would do with newly-implanted recipicents is too easy for me. Or she will start to do something, and it’s not challenging enough. I saw the stack of papers/books she has for me alone for listening, and my eyes bugged out, and I said “you’re kidding me, right?”.
In addition to all the listening practice, she also corrects me when I say something wrong, and helps me to say it right. Today, she kept catching the “z” sound, and had me try to say it. The sound is supposed to start in the throat, and come out through the mouth. She wanted me to put my hand on her throat/in front of her mouth so I could feel the airflow, but I didn’t want to. It’s one thing that I have never liked about speech therapy, is being hands-on/accidentally being spit on/bad breath, so I always used to try and avoid those situations at all costs.
So, when I say “z”, it comes out through my nose. So, I pinched my nose shut, and it works….kind of. Boy, that sound is hard! But hopefully I will get it with more practice and help from Mandy and Karen.
Anyway, I cannot wait for tomorrow, so I can embark on a sound adventure trip with my friends!