Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ripping off the Band Aids

Today we drove into the Cochlear Implant Clinic to have Harry’s band aids removed.  In the blur that was the post op consultation in the hospital, Mr Briggs must have told me that the stitches would dissolve but for some reason we were under the impression that we were trekking into the City today to have stitches removed.

I think telling everyone that having the stitches removed was the next step for Harry sounded more monumental than simply ripping off the band aids (gently of course!!)

So onwards to Switch On Day – there is nothing standing in our way now towards ‘HHH’.

Next step is Harry hearing us speak… This will happen on 15th March which is Dan’s 41st birthday, this has to be a first of sorts…..  Anyway, in the search for original presents, he’s got 2012 nailed!!

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Managing our Expectations

Harry after the operationI thought I wanted to write in detail about the stay in the hospital but now it is over and we are home , I don’t see the point. We are only looking forward to the “switch on” date when Harry will hear sound through the CI for the first time.

For other parents going through this, I was given some sound advice by another mother at Taralye (Victoria’s leading oral language centre, providing services to deaf and hearing impaired children and their families). Her own daughter was 2 years old with bilateral implants ( on both ears). However she  was unable to have both placed on her daughter in the one operation due to fluid in the inner ear found on the day of surgery. This is extremely common in young babies due to the immaturity of the ear channel which is not as proficient at draining fluid  caused by teething and other common occurrences in kids under 2. So this mum was fully expecting to have her daughter come out with 2 implants and was advised at the end of surgery that only 1 was completed.

She said to me wisely make sure you manage your expectations. If they can only do one on the day don’t worry , the other one will get done 6 months later and they will place grommets in to assist with drainage in the meantime.

The photo above is Harry straight after surgery. Within 24hrs he was at home with a band-aid on each side. It is absolutely incredible.

Video footage of Prof. Briggs taking off the bandgages and replace with a band aid strip…

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Bandages off 29th Feb 2012 from Hollie Feller on Vimeo.

Harry has his bandages removed the morning after his Cochlear Implant surgery by Prof. Rob Briggs and replaced with a band-aid on each side.

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