Cormac and I headed into NYC to NYU for a mapping yesterday. I really enjoy getting one on one time with each of the boys. Cormac LOVES going to "his city". He enjoys all the sights and sounds of the city.
Cormac asked me on the way in how they got the implants in his head and what they used to "cut him open". He has never asked these questions before yesterday. I explained to him that a surgeon used special tools (scalpel, drill) to put in his implants. He asked a few more questions and was satisfied with my answers.
When we got to NYU his surgeon just happened to be walking down the hall. We don't see his surgeon any longer and Cormac doesn't remember him. Cormac shook his hand and talked with him for a few minutes. After the surgeon left Cormac was so excited he got to meet him! It was so cute.
His mapping went well. He is always so cooperative it amazes me. He was able to really tell them about what he wanted for the first time. They showed him this chart (it was a little different because it didn't have the numbers but it was "too soft", "too loud" and "good"). He was able to answer each time what he thought about the sound. I was so impressed watching him point and answer. According to his audiologist he wanted more volume. So far, he is doing great on his new map. We went shopping on our way home and he was great in the store. Our audiologist gave him another map with a little less volume just in case when he got into the real world it was too loud.
I asked him today after school how it was and I quote "It was great. Love my map. I could hear really good".
While I was there I scheduled his annual review for August. IT WILL BE FOUR YEARS!!! How on earth did four years fly by so quickly? I cannot believe four years post activation. It doesn't seem possible. I remember his activation like it was yesterday. I remember all the excitement, fear, anticipation and worry. But today at 3 1/2 year post activation I feel all those same emotions but for different reasons. I was excited because he would be hearing and start to talk. Now I am excited to see what his future holds because I KNOW he has no boundaries. I feared for him because I was uncertain and didn't know what to expect. Now I fear only for lost parts to his implants. I used to worry if we were doing all the right things. Were we working with him enough. Was I going to be able to do make it through this journey. Now, I honestly don't worry about him any more than I worry about Ciaran and Colin. I anticipate amazing developments in technology in his future. I cannot even imagine what will be available to him in his lifetime!
We are in such a great place right now. I am so thankful.