Tags: BBC iplayer, BBC See Hear, Bionic Ear, CI operation, Cochlear Implants, Cyborg, Deafened adult, Hearing loss & Cochlear Implant journey, Mr Robinson, Star Trek
I have been making lots of CI friends online over last few months and one of them has had her implant switched on around 5 weeks ago now. She had the same surgeon as me at Bristol Southmead and lives very close to the hospital so we decided to meet up before my appointment to compare notes. It was a really good and helpful meeting and for two deaf people we managed to have a great converstion without the use of any signing (which is lucky because I’m pants at that!!) or writing things down!! She is doing really well since switch on and it was great for me to actually see how well she was doing. It has really made me feel positive about the operation and following switch on.
With the operation looming I have been getting lots of good luck messages from people and everyone is looking forward to me hearing again. I find myself having to say to everyone that ‘fingers crossed it will all go well……..but……….any success I have will not be immediate and it will take another 6 months or so before I get the full benefit’. It will be like starting from scratch again and my brain will have to learn how to hear again with electronic assistance. I am keeping my expectations at an all time low but in the same breath hoping that things will return back to some sort of normality in time!!
The positives I have are that I have good speach and good memory of sound so hopefully my brain will know how to translate the beeps.
The negatives are that the side I am having the implant done on has not heard a dicky bird for over 10 years!! It will be extremely wierd to get noises into that side of my head!!
At the moment my wife and I are on automatic pilot as to where to sit and what side to walk on so as to help with conversation and we will now have to change sides………..sounds simple enough but when you have been positioning yourselves in a certain way for so long it will take some getting used to.
After my meeting with my CI friend I went off to the hospital for my appointment and met up again with the BBC who want to film every aspect of my CI process. Although they had contacted the hospital about the filming and been told it was fine no one had informed the poor lady, Tina, that they would be filming!!! The look on her face when the camera showed up was a picture 🙂
Anyway, the appointment went fine and my blood pressure and heart and lungs etc were all working fine and I was given the go ahead for the operation. I was informed that my surgeon would be Mr Robinson ( the top honcho) and given all the information I needed for the operation. It should take about 2 hours.
The clock is ticking and it is only 9 days now until the operation!! Although not nervous now I know I will be on the day. I am a bit of a control freak and I think the worst part for me is the fact I will not be able to overlook the operation and say ‘careful of my facial nerve & go on try and get the electodes in a little bit further’!!
Oh well, the BBC will be filming the operation so you should all look forward to seeing the inside of my head…………..not that there is much to see!! 🙂 I will get that joke in now before anyone else decides to!!
I will begin my planning now for my role as a real life CYBORG in the next Star Trek movie!! Beam me up Scottie!!