Charlie also had his first PT session in the gym. Janine is amazing! He swung with the therapist for a while then relaxed on a big bouncy ball. The ball is usually used to help kids strengthen their back/neck muscles but with Charlie we were working just the opposite. He loved the pressure on his tummy and fell asleep
Dr. Such-Niber talked to a colleague from the health department today regarding Cochlear implants. He said that meningitis cases are different than other hearing loss patients and they should implant ASAP because the cochlea can ossify (harden). If it hardens Charlie will no longer be a candidate for implants. It is also beneficial to implant before speech development so he can hear himself while learning to form words. They may need to see if he responds to hearing aids before he is allowed to be a candidate for implants. I think that is due to insurances not wanting to pay for implants that cost up to 25,000 each ear when a hearing aid only costs 2,000-3,000. Another CT scan will be done tonight or tomorrow to look specifically at the cochlea. The previous scans showed no ossification yet but it was 10 days ago. We are praying for soft cochlea.