Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The cochlear implant committee met this morning and Terry Such Neibar just came it to say they have agreed to implant one ear on the 31st! Yea! I must admit I was really worried that the decision would be to either wait or not implant at all. I just think that Charlie has so much against him regarding sensory imput that I want him to have any advantage available to maximize his quality of life. He may not be able to see, or process what he sees, he may have severe learning disabilities and he may have difficulty with body control making it difficult to do sign language. All of these are possibilities but each would make communication difficult in themselves let alone coupled with others. So I am very relieved but also a little nervous. It does come with risks such as.... MENINGITIS! Yes implanting a foreign body into his ear will increase his risk of future meningitis. I will hear more about the risks later this afternoon from the audiologist but I just wanted to let everyone know as soon as I heard.