We went to the city today for Cormac's 6 month evaluation with the Speech Therapist, Beth. He is doing UNBELIEVABLE! In the six months he has been hearing he has caught up and is now age appropriate for his receptive language. (NOT BEHIND ONE BIT!!!) His expressive language is not caught up yet but he is only about 2 months behind! This is way better than I ever expected. I knew he was doing amazing. I know he understands EVERYTHING! I hear him talk all day long. But when he had the surgery I didn't want to get my hopes up because you just never know. I knew he would do great but I didn't think it would be this quick. I sincerely believe he is doing so well because he was implanted bilaterally at the same time. We have advancedbionics to thank for this miracle. We were so fortunate to be enrolled in the study at NYU and have the opportunity to have the second ear done at the same time as the first. I wish every child had this opportunity. The times are changing and more insurance companies are starting to cover the second ear. Most times it requires months of fighting with your insurance carrier.
We also were able to meet with Kris, a representative from Advanced Bionics. She got to see The Big Mac in action. I was so happy to meet someone from the company. She was great and gave us lots of goodies. They are also starting a new awareness campaign and I was asked to help. I am so excited. I would love to be able to give back and help just one other Mom or Dad who is facing the same future as us.
Of course, Cormac got to see his girlfriend, Valerie, who is also his audiologist. He got a new map today and was up to his usual cuteness.
Rosemarie, the AV therapist, who is usually at all our visits, was kind enough to ask me to be part of the Parent Panel at NYU Cochlear Implant Center. I think this is a wonderful opportunity. I know when I was first faced with the decision to implant Cormac I was lucky enough to speak with a few parents and it was very helpful.
All in all we had a great day. I am so proud of Cormac. It is not easy for him to learn to listen. He works hard at it. He is such a cooperative child. He is patient and loves to learn from all of his teachers. My heart is so full of love for him and his accomplishments. He is going to conquer the world one day.
I know, I know, this is all about Cormac. I didn't forget about Ciaran and Colin but I didn't see them most of the day because we were out. This was just a special day for Cormac so I am beaming with pride!
I'll post tomorrow about the other two mad kissers! (They are currently obsessed with kissing. They kiss everything and everyone all day long!!)