Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped already and will continue helping throughout the weekend at the Cochlear booth at the Southern Women's Show in Birmingham, AL. Today alone I got to speak with several who were scheduled for hearing evaluations (one was a 9 month old) and I talked to an audiologist who Jennifer knew that worked with a local school system, an up and coming Speech Language Pathologist, a mother of a Teacher of the Deaf, a lady at another booth who has a clothing store and whose daughter is a senior with a cochlear implant(s), and many more lovely folks. Scott is our Awareness Manager and is doing a fabulous job sporting his new Nucleus 5 processors. He came in today with the his little flasher on hoping to attract some attention, which I found hilarious...he doesn't have to work too hard to attract attention at a women's show, come on!! Jennifer came by for a few hours and was off to get her son's Nucleus 5 processors. John is a new recipient of Cochlear devices and just had his initial stim this week! If you didn't get a chance to come to the show and you do get a chance to come to my presentation on November 16 for Alabama's Early Intervention (details to come) please do so. I love meeting new families and will be glad to listen, talk to, or help in any way I can. Hopefully Scott will be able to swing by that as well, but it's not specifically all about cochlear implants, it'll be about our experiences, and simple things you can do at home to help these little guys learn to hear and speak. I have lots of resources as well so when I get the time for that presentation and details I will surely post them. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
My mother calls me a terrible blogger. Apparently I'm not blogging as much as I used to so I'm trying to be less neglectful. It's just that the kids are in school and with me less, so I have less inspiration with them not around. Today, we walked up to the cabin to clean out the fire pit so the fellas could gather around it tonight for their weekly "camp out"(the adult fellas). This field is what separates out house and the cabin so yes, we are very "Little House on the Prairie" here. Brook is my little writer, she never goes anywhere without her pens and paper. I bet you she has written at least three hours today alone!
This week is the Southern Women's Show and I'll be at the Cochlear booth on Thurs. and Fri. Brook takes her first field trip on Thurs. and I hate it I can't go but they are basically just taking a tour (walking) around our one horse town. I know they will take excellent care of her and they know she can't hear as good as everyone else so I'm confident she'll keep with group. (There's not even a red light in this town so traffic is of little concern) They will be taking full advantage of all the language opportunities the town has to offer. The teacher tells me they will get locked in a jail cell, I asked her if we could pay extra for them to keep her (only kidding!) They will get to hold a thousand dollars at the bank and eat at a small diner before heading back to school.
The kids told me today that I needed my mapping done, simply because I didn't follow ALL of their orders. Have a great week!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I can't wait to see what else the day brings on this rainy Saturday.
Friday, September 18, 2009
sorry for the quality, taken w/blackberry
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
1.) Go read the latest on Bama Ears blog if you haven't already.
2.) Come see us at The Southern Women's Show in Birmingham Sept. 24-27. Cochlear has a booth and a couple of the volunteers and I will be "manning" the booth so stop and say hello. If you are a Cochlear volunteer and would like to work the booth please let me know.
3.) If you are in north AL and can get out to the charity golf event (Sept 26) to benefit the Children's HEAR Center, please do so! There are still sponsorships available and plenty of room for teams to sign up and play, goof around, get out of the house, whatever you want to do, all to benefit the HEAR Center. Click here for details.
Monday, September 14, 2009
But Brook took her notes and I assume she'll reschedule him for a booth testing later on...?
Both kids should be back in school tomorrow! The school sent home a note today by Gage though that said they had closed all water fountains since Swine Flu had been diagnosed in a few students already. So I guess we have that to look forward to upon our return. Each student has a water bottle with their name on it for their daily water intake while at school. They have sterilized the school as best as possible and of course encourage hand washing and germ x.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Not a whole lot going on here.....actually I've been very busy getting some things together to try and help the hearing impaired kiddos here in Alabama (all details later, I have many irons in the fire right now).
Gage's surgery is scheduled for October 9 to have the little thing removed from his face. Yay!
Gage's ADHD is beyond manageable anymore. He's went to school several times w/shoes and no socks, even though I hand him his shoes and socks and repeat the instructions several times, he gets distracted and forgets to put the socks on, then we get to school and he's embarrassed w/no socks. Bless his heart and his grades are going down! He's brought home three D's which is so not like him and he can't focus on anything long enough to complete any task. His hyperness is still the same (he has his motor running full speed at all times) but his ability to concentrate or focus is just gone. I'm calling the doctor next week to discuss medications to see if any may work for him.
He does get bored with school work since the first six weeks are all for review. We will take him in the next couple of weeks to meet the doctor who will do his IQ testing to see if he's considered "gifted" or just plain smart. That will help us with school. School can test him but we got insurance approval to do more comprehensive testing so we look forward to that.
His hearing is still great and he didn't even need many adjustments the last mapping session he had. I still have hope that he will be able to go ever three months or so in the future and not go monthly like he had to do with his old ci. He loves country music now but still listed AC/DC as his favorite group on a school worksheet. He loves it when a singer says a bad word like d#m* or a$$. He can hear those little words in the song and giggles like a silly girl when hears them. Boys
Brook goes to the eye doctor on Monday to have her vision screened for the first time. She refuses to sit any farther than 2-3 feet from the tv. I know she sees well close up but I'm not so sure about her distance vision...?
And if you haven't visited Bama Ears in a while, click here....there are several new stories up.
And as far as the October Challenge, still only down a couple of pounds...eight weeks to go, I gotta really work hard(er).
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Right now I'm trying to instill that confidence in my children who are at the age where they're not as trusting as many adults are with their peers who ask questions that seem so derogatory at first. It's hard at this age to know who's asking (friends/foes) and the intent behind those questions. I'm very glad they can come to me with these issues and that my brain allows me to pull up answers to the questions rather than defensive pseudo answers (we'll save those for those determined to be bullies/foes)! Here's the conversation on the way to school:
Brook: "Mama, Gage's processor don't hook around his ear like mine does."
Me: "Well, his ears are very small, and he can't hook his around like you can."
Gage: "Mama, sometimes people say 'Why are your ears so tiny?' and I don't like that, it makes me mad!"
Me: "What do you tell them?"
Gage: "Just shut-up, I'm not gonna play with you." (knowing him, this isn't what he says, it's likely more a shoulder shrug and embarrassement)
Me: "Why don't you just answer them honestly and there'll be no reason for them to keep asking. Just say, 'that's how God made me. He knew I would take good care of them no matter how small they are. They're little and don't work, but I can hear what you say with my implants'."
Gage: "But what if they just keep on saying it. I'll tell on them if they keep on."
Me: "Yes you could tell I guess, and you could also say 'They are small so I don't have to listen to rude people constantly making comments when you know I don't like it!"
Brook: "I don't like this girl in my room who always says 'What's on your ears?' either!"
Gage: "just tell her they're hearing aids and that's it!!"
Me: "Tell her that you use those to hear with 'cause your ears don't work."
Brook: "Gage, you come tell her that I'm deaf." ...........
It's tough sometimes and we don't always give the best answers but we can listen and learn. The kids left my car with what I hope was at least a day's worth of confidence. One of the best blessings we have is that they have each other, no matter how many times they fight over a certain toy, or who gets to sit next to Daddy, they always have each other and a special bond. Parenting is tough sometimes and beautiful always.