Friday, May 29, 2009

Going Bi-lateral

Well. I never thought that I would say this, but it looks like we are going bi-lateral with Claire. I still hate the thought of more elective surgery and I still don't like the idea of the extra hardware, but after much thought, many questions and one last meeting with her surgeon, Stephanie and I feel like the positives of a second implant vastly outweigh the negatives.

Some might say, "What about the science of hair cell regeneration? If you get her another implant, won't you deprive her of that technology?" As I understand it, we are still at least twenty years away from hair cell regeneration being a possibility. If she goes that long without stimulus in her left ear, her auditory nerve most likely won't work properly any more and the new hair cells would be useless (Stephanie, correct me if I'm wrong!) We also must not forget that she will miss out on twenty years of listening and language skills that she can receive with a second implant.

Others might question the risks of surgery. That is my greatest fear as well. However, Claire's doctor eased my nerves during our last meeting and explained to me again that the risks are minimal. He didn't say this, but a CI surgery has been compared to a tonsillectomy as far as risks go. Am I to deny Claire the highest quality of life because of my personal fears of a minor surgery?

Still others might say that we are tempting fate with another surgery. Well, I don't believe in fate. I believe in God and I believe that God blessed us with Claire and Max for a reason. I know that part of this reason is to give them the most love, the best care and the greatest set of opportunities that they can possibly imagine. I believe that a second implant is part of this process for Claire and I know that God will take care of her. I don't mean to preach at you, that's just what I believe.

So long for now. I'll keep you posted. I'm guessing that the surgery will take place late this summer. Keep us in your prayers.

Greg

3 comments:

kwilinski said...

Great choice! You won't regret it. I understand your concerns, but we've been through this and we've come out on the other side VERY happy with the results. Life is good!

Amy
cochlearimplant.net

Grendel said...

I know -- isn't it the scariest thing in the world? We faced the same grueling decisions, came to the same conclusions. Like Amy says, we're also now on the other side of surgery, which went like a dream, much easier than the 1st - the wee one was bouncing around as if all she'd gotten was a funky haircut the next morning!

And the difference is pretty astounding, from the sudden desire to have both on all the time to a leap in hearing ability, even in challenging environments that had previously been no-hear zones: loud restaurants and in the car.

Sending lots of good thoughts your way. Beth (Li-Li's Mom)

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing Greg. I'll pray for Claire and the surgery.