Our little girl came through her surgery with flying colors, which is a bit strange since flying colors are strictly prohibited in that part of the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Everything went the way it was supposed to and the cochlear implant will be activated in a few weeks. Isla is sleeping and will be receiving much deserved cuddling/frosting for the foreseeable future.
Patty & I also want to thank everyone for their incredible support. Seriously, we’re lucky to know so many wonderful and kind people. We’re also keenly aware that this surgery is only the beginning of a long and challenging journey. After the recovery and the activation of the implant, Isla will need to learn how to hear. She’s a tough little girl, though, and she has two parents that will do just about anything for her. I plan to start by teaching her the difference between Mozart & Led Zeppelin and then working our way up from there.
Here are a few Wifey-Approved photos from the big day.
Isla’s first birthday was last Wednesday, June 8, but we celebrated with a family lunch-thing this past Saturday. All in all it was perfect day. We got to celebrate with our loved ones and Isla got to be the center of attention for once. She loves her (thankfully) loud gifts and despite the obscene amount of frosting in her system she slept like a miniature human that night.
I even found time to enjoy a bit of cake myself.
We needed this time with family to temporarily take our minds off Isla’s upcoming cochlear implant surgery. Patty & I both know that if the implant is successful, Isla will hear much better out of her right ear, which is currently just there for cosmetic reasons, apparently.
But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous as hell. Being a parent gives you a whole new set of things to worry about, and having your child undergo any kind of medical procedure makes it even harder. We understand that cochlear implants can be a controversial topic in deaf culture, but we have a responsibility to give Isla every advantage we can. She’ll eventually be able to choose her own path in her life, but for now, we have to make these decisions for her. With any luck, she’ll be able to hear me loud and clear while she chooses to ignore me.
Your mom and dad love you more than anything, Isla. And we’re doing the best we can.