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Old April 16th 05, 05:33 AM
Jo Firey
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As some of you know I have been waiting a long time, hoping to have Cochlear
Implant surgery to allow me to hear.

Last July my insurance cancelled the surgery less than 24 hours before I was
due to have it done. And nearly two months after we had set up the
schedule. It cost me the chance to go to Newfoundland with some of my
cousins and the chance to talk to my brother after he became ill and before
he died.

I have been resolutely refusing to even think about the whole thing since
then. Going to my appointments and taking the hearing tests but blanking
the whole thing out of my mind. April 4th I went in for another hearing
test which I failed miserably. That's a good thing. Since last July I've
been on disability long enough to get Medicare and my hearing is bad enough
to meet their requirements for the implant.

I was most surprised when they scheduled the pre-op for April 18 and the
surgery for April 28. Much less lead time than a year ago. And I'm told
there has been a very recent major upgrade to the implants. I didn't say
anything here because I've been sticking to the refusing to think about it
routine.

Until yesterday when they called and moved my surgery up to the 19th. I
immediately went into panic mode. I felt like the room temperature dropped
15 degrees. But I've found ways to stay distracted and at this rate I'll be
busy getting things done that need to be done before surgery right up till
its time to go.

It takes a month after the implant while the surgery site heals before the
turn it on. Until then I won't know if or how well it will work for me.

All purrs and prayers and good thought will be most gratefully appreciated.

Jo


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Old April 16th 05, 05:52 AM
Hopitus
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I've read about those implants. Warmest wishes for a new quality of hearing
and strong calmiing purrs for fast
and effective surgery!


"Jo Firey" wrote in message
...
As some of you know I have been waiting a long time, hoping to have
Cochlear Implant surgery to allow me to hear.

Last July my insurance cancelled the surgery less than 24 hours before I
was due to have it done. And nearly two months after we had set up the
schedule. It cost me the chance to go to Newfoundland with some of my
cousins and the chance to talk to my brother after he became ill and
before he died.

I have been resolutely refusing to even think about the whole thing since
then. Going to my appointments and taking the hearing tests but blanking
the whole thing out of my mind. April 4th I went in for another hearing
test which I failed miserably. That's a good thing. Since last July I've
been on disability long enough to get Medicare and my hearing is bad
enough to meet their requirements for the implant.

I was most surprised when they scheduled the pre-op for April 18 and the
surgery for April 28. Much less lead time than a year ago. And I'm told
there has been a very recent major upgrade to the implants. I didn't say
anything here because I've been sticking to the refusing to think about it
routine.

Until yesterday when they called and moved my surgery up to the 19th. I
immediately went into panic mode. I felt like the room temperature
dropped 15 degrees. But I've found ways to stay distracted and at this
rate I'll be busy getting things done that need to be done before surgery
right up till its time to go.

It takes a month after the implant while the surgery site heals before the
turn it on. Until then I won't know if or how well it will work for me.

All purrs and prayers and good thought will be most gratefully
appreciated.

Jo



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Old April 16th 05, 05:53 AM
Dan M
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It takes a month after the implant while the surgery site heals before the
turn it on. Until then I won't know if or how well it will work for me.

All purrs and prayers and good thought will be most gratefully appreciated.

Jo


You'l be receiving our best purrs! I'm getting Harri's purr engine
revved up now.

As one who's hearing has been failing for many years, I hope the
absolute best for you!


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Old April 16th 05, 05:53 AM
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Jo Firey wrote:
As some of you know I have been waiting a long time, hoping to have

Cochlear
Implant surgery to allow me to hear.


Purrs on the way. There is a commercial on TV for our biggest hospital,
about the Cochlear implant. It is about a boy who was nearly deaf from
birth and gets the implant, and shows him hearing his father's voice
for the first time. That commercial makes me bawl every time. I can't
imagine a life without sound. I sincerely hope the implant is
successful for you.

Sherry

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Old April 16th 05, 06:11 AM
Karen
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in article , Jo Firey at
wrote on 4/15/05 11:33 PM:

As some of you know I have been waiting a long time, hoping to have Cochlear
Implant surgery to allow me to hear.

Last July my insurance cancelled the surgery less than 24 hours before I was
due to have it done. And nearly two months after we had set up the
schedule. It cost me the chance to go to Newfoundland with some of my
cousins and the chance to talk to my brother after he became ill and before
he died.

I have been resolutely refusing to even think about the whole thing since
then. Going to my appointments and taking the hearing tests but blanking
the whole thing out of my mind. April 4th I went in for another hearing
test which I failed miserably. That's a good thing. Since last July I've
been on disability long enough to get Medicare and my hearing is bad enough
to meet their requirements for the implant.

I was most surprised when they scheduled the pre-op for April 18 and the
surgery for April 28. Much less lead time than a year ago. And I'm told
there has been a very recent major upgrade to the implants. I didn't say
anything here because I've been sticking to the refusing to think about it
routine.

Until yesterday when they called and moved my surgery up to the 19th. I
immediately went into panic mode. I felt like the room temperature dropped
15 degrees. But I've found ways to stay distracted and at this rate I'll be
busy getting things done that need to be done before surgery right up till
its time to go.

It takes a month after the implant while the surgery site heals before the
turn it on. Until then I won't know if or how well it will work for me.

All purrs and prayers and good thought will be most gratefully appreciated.

Jo


Huge hearing purrs coming! I sure hope it is successful!

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Old April 16th 05, 06:30 AM
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"Jo Firey" wrote in message
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All purrs and prayers and good thought will be most gratefully

appreciated.

Good luck and purrs and doggie drool that the surgery will be highly
successful.

Diane


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Old April 16th 05, 07:19 AM
-L.
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Jo Firey wrote:
As some of you know I have been waiting a long time, hoping to have

Cochlear
Implant surgery to allow me to hear.


snip

Congrats on getting the surgery approved and I hope it is a success.
My friend's son had one implanted a year ago (at 18 months) and is
doing beautifully. I hope your situation is as much of a success.

-L.

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Old April 16th 05, 07:21 AM
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Jo Firey wrote:

All purrs and prayers and good thought will be most gratefully appreciated.


Jo, this is reallt exciting news! I understand your nervousness. Lots of
purrs for everything to go swimmingly and for the implant to work perfectly.

--
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Old April 16th 05, 09:04 AM
Exocat
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Purrs, Woofs & human best wishes for a successful op.

Gordon, Bandit, Snowball & Raki
"Jo Firey" wrote

As some of you know I have been waiting a long time, hoping to have
Cochlear Implant surgery to allow me to hear.



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Old April 16th 05, 10:04 AM
Helen Wheels
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Jo Firey wrote:

As some of you know I have been waiting a long time, hoping to have Cochlear
Implant surgery to allow me to hear.


Wow! What an amazing change that'll be. Purrs and good wishes for all to
go well.
 




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