Sunday, April 10, 2016

7 months post activation

So we are at almost 7 months post activation with Keira's Cochlear Implant. Since the 3rd mapping her vocalizations and attempted words have grown so much! She now wears both her Neptune and her Naida processors. She still prefers the Neptune but she is much more tolerable of her Naida. She is also wearing her hearing aid with her Cochlear implant more and more. She still doesn't tolerate the hearing aid in the car for long periods but she does great at her toddler class and during speech with the aid. She is becoming more and more aware of music and likes to dance now! :) Her sign vocabulary is steadily growing too as is mine! Just the other day during her toddler class she impressed me so much! They take the kids out one at a time and do a "focus" time which is similar to speech and lasts about 15 minutes. We were reading a book with Keira that had flaps and there was a frog and our specialist was telling her "Jump, jump, jump" & Keira picked up the book and said "Jump, jump, jump!" I was so excited she said it so clearly! Then to impress me some more on the next page without any prompting she said "Puppy" when she lifted the flap and saw a puppy! We also had a visit from Adam's Dad this month and she said "Pap, pap" while signing it for him! We were so proud of her! We still have some tweaking to do with her mappings but overall she is doing so well! Here are some video's of her from the past few months...
Peyton has been doing very well in school and has learned so much this year! She's now on to reading- and getting quite good at it I must say! We had an eventful month with a visit from Pap Pap, Auntie Elizabeth is coming to visit this week too! I plan on updating the blog with some Arizona adventures soon! :)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Third times a charm!

So we've been having a rough time the past few weeks with our insurance and our doctors billing department. They started to deny more than one appointment for our mapping sessions so Keira missed her mapping session last week. We pressured the audiologist into bumping her up significantly since she was behind & we were not noticing responses with the implant. We were actually getting a little discouraged because it seemed like she responded so much better with her aids and still does in the left when her aid is on. She took her up 170 clinical units this appointment and put her in the sound booth! We got continual and clear responses at 60dB!!! We are still being conservative from here though because they want to make sure it's not too much too soon for Keira but we were all pretty excited! We've noticed an increase in awareness with the implant at home too! Here she is in the booth below!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Successful Surgery!

Keira had her cochlear implant surgery on Thursday! Her surgery went great and they were able to insert the electrode with no problems. So grateful for that! It's always nerve-racking when your baby goes under.... even though we knew she was in great hands with her surgeon you still worry! She was groggy and tired the first day, Friday she started to get her spunk back and by Saturday we were at a ball game! Now we wait for activation day to see how she responds! There will be lots of mapping sessions in the coming months to fine tune the implant. Hopefully she starts responding immediately!
At the ball game at Chase Field

Family baseball fun! Peyton enjoyed the game much more than Keira... Keira wanted to touch everyone in front of us :/

Car ride home from the hospital with her Melody monkey from Advanced Bionics :)

Day prior to surgery

Playing with her Melody evening after surgery

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Well... we've got ourselves a kindergartener! I can't hardly believe it! Time sure does fly by.
Keira's Cochlear Implant was finally approved and authorized and we now have ourselves an implant date! Tricare ended up denying her twice and her Dr had to schedule a peer to peer with United healthcare/Tricare. Everything seems to be on track now though. I'll try to keep on top of updating the blog after the implant to show her progress :)

K for Kindergarten! :)

Pledge of Allegiance at the flag ceremony

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