We are going on a summer holiday! USA First Stop San Francisco  
Monday, May 1, 2006, 04:06 PM
I have been so excited - we booked this holiday 6 months ago. I had no problem checking in at the airport. I showed them my pacemaker card and cochlear card and went straight through via the wheelchair access so that I did not have to go through the magnet field.

Everyone treated me with respect and explained what they wanted me to do clearly.

Getting into USA was a bit more complicated because I could not understand the guy at all and he was talking so fast and intimidated me so much I could not bring myself to tell him that I was deaf.

He wanted me to put my left finger on the scanner but I put my right finer on. The stress of it all made me come out in a cold sweat and I made the glass all wet which meant it could not scan my finger!

We got there eventually though!

San Francisco at night is quite scary as there seem to be loads of homeless people wondering around with all their worldly belongings and people clearly dealing on the street.

Hopefully during the day this will change!

San Francisco is truly a wonderful place  
Monday, May 1, 2006, 03:13 AM
Everyone is so friendly here and when youíre sat on the trams they will say hello, good morning and ask where you are from.

I saw a quote:

Heaven is nice, but it is not San Francisco

And how true that is. Itís so bright and clean and beautiful love it here.

RE the saga of the spare processor  
Sunday, April 30, 2006, 01:32 AM

I went to the implant centre today because I still do not have a spare processor and there have been a few communication problems between all the people that got involved to try and help me sort it out.

It was explained to me that the map that got sent for the N3 was corrupted and would not work and they were asking for a fresh map to be sent.

No one could understand why Cochlear could not just send me a freedom processor.

I had to explain that Cochlear had already told me that they did not have any freedom processors to send me which is why I got a map made for the N3 on the 25th of April.

It has been impossible for me to get hold of anyone at Cochlear because their phone is always engaged.

The ci tech also found out to her cost that she could not get hold of them to discuss it.

In the end she gave me a spare battery pack, a spare battery rack, and a disc lead. Which is compatible with the freedom processor. The only problem I might have is if the map gets corrupted - which is rare.

We both agreed not to bother with asking Cochlear for the spare N3 as it was a waste of time to begin with!

Ever felt like you have gone round in a full circle only to bump into yourself!

287 days since switch on - My Nine Month Review 
Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 03:49 PM
It is one year to the day since I had the pre implant test - what and what a difference it makes! I am so proud of my progress and things just get better and better.

This is the results of my nine month review (25.04.06), three month review (27.09.05), and pre implant review (25.05.05).

nine month test - AB Word Test (single words) I got 61% on phonemes and 47% on words

three months - AB Word Test (single words) for phonemes this was 52% and words was 33%

pre implant review - AB Word Test (single words) This was stopped due to me not being able to pick out a single word 0%

nine month review - On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) I got 91%

three month review - On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) this was 82%

pre implant review - On the BKB Sentences test (with no background noise) I got 9%

nine month review - On the BKB sentence test (with background noise) I got 65%

three month review - On the BKB sentence test (with background noise)this was 49%

pre implant review - On the BKB Sentences test (with background noise) I got 0%

nine month review - On the CUNY Sentence (lip-reading and listening) I got 100%

three month review - On the CUNY Sentence (lip-reading and listening)I also got 100%

pre implant review - On the CUNY Sentence (lip-reading and listening) on my right side I got 87% and on my left side I got 78% and with both I got 100%

Pre implant my pure tone audio-gram was

Right ear (decibels) 65, 85, 100, 105, 129, 115, 120
Right ear (hertz) 125, 250, 250, 750, 1000, 2000, 3000

Left ear (decibels) 70, 65, 95, 120, 120, 115, 120
Left ear (hertz) 125, 125, 250, 750, 1000, 2000, 3000,

Three month review my pure tone audio-gram was

Left implanted side (decibels) 40, 35, 30, 30, 45
Left implanted ear (hertz) 125, 250, 500, 750, 1500

Nine month review my pure tone audio-gram was

Left implanted side (decibels)35, 30, 35, 30, 40
Left implanted ear (hertz) 125, 250, 500, 750, 1500

Thresholds of 0-25 dB are considered normal. In the middle of the audiogram across the frequency range are the speech sounds. They call this the "Speech Banana because it looks like a banana when you draw a line around them. I am within that range and probably considered as having a mild loss.

I asked some time ago for a holiday processor - but I was told that they could not give me a freedom processor so Deborah made a map for me which would work with the N3 Processor. It will not sound as good but hopefully I wonít have to use it. Deborah has emailed the programme to them and they should send the processor in the post to me within the next few days.

286 days since switch on - Little things make a big big difference! 
Monday, April 24, 2006, 04:16 PM
I went round to visit someone today and they had their baby granddaughter with them. I could hear her gurggling and making snuffley sounds and contented sounds. I never realised how such a tiny baby could make so many sounds - I could hear her chuckling and making happy slurpy sounds when she had her milk!

I rang a friend on my mobile as well and arranged a day where we will meet up for lunch - I was quite nervous as I have not spoken to this friend before. Her husband answered the phone first - it got a bit confusing because he called out and started speaking to my friend and I thought he was still speaking to me, so I asked him to repeat! But on the whole it went fine and I have all the info I need. *grin*

283 days since switch on: Things just get easier and easier 
Friday, April 21, 2006, 05:44 PM
I now carry around two mobiles (one which has type-talk and I text on and one that I use for voice only)

The battery went on the text one so I called my OH on the voice one while I was parked in the car, and asked him what he wanted for his dinner. I told him about my day and he asked me several things that I heard fine.

Life is just great!

I do have communication break downs from time to time - but now I know that itís occurred. The only difficulty I really have is when there is background noise.

Life is getting so much easier!

269 days since switch on: I am able to identify voices 
Friday, April 7, 2006, 05:41 PM
Today I was able to identify the person by the sound of their voice when they were in a different room to me.

I notice when other peopleís mobiles are ringing.

I can hear the raindrops hitting the window (they are kinda loud)

I am able to follow what two people are saying in a meeting.

I know when the phone is ringing

I can answer my partnerís question if he is in another room.

I also noticed that I am not finding it easy to lip-read in a noisy place and I need to be able to hear the speech to understand it. (This can be a problem in restaurants etc where I would usually just lip-read no problem)

252 days since switch on: I answered my first random call!!! 
Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 05:35 PM
I answered the phone when it was ringing and spoke to a stranger who wanted to know if we had received the borough news letter. I was able to answer her questions by breaking down the sentence she asked.

I head she was from the council Ė but not what she wanted so I said youíre from the council and you want to know if we have received what?

The newsletter! Oh yeah we have received itÖ Ok thank you bye!

My very first random call!

I am trying to get the nerve to use the phone at work but so far I have not been brave enough!

It has been a while since I have updated this blog so many things to do so many things to hear! 
Friday, March 10, 2006, 05:32 PM
Today I woke up, did my hair and put my CI on, got dressed and had breakfast. Did a final check in the mirror before leaving and found a pair of nail scissors stuck to my CI! It looked like a hair decoration!

I can now using the land line phone as normal although I still do not have the confidence to call anyone other than my partner, brother, and best friend.

Today I was given a new mobile Motorola V3 which sounds clearer than the land line.

I used it while I was at work to call a friend (who I have never spoken to on the phone to before) and arrange to drop round her house for a coffee. I called her to get directions and I got lost, so I called her again and got more directions and found the place much quicker than if I had waited for her to text me. It was wonderful!

190 days post switch on 
Tuesday, December 20, 2005, 04:35 PM
I spent quite a bit of time speaking to my partnerís parents who are in Australia Ė at the moment I am finding it difficult to identify who the voice is on the end of the phone. I donít always take my turn when speaking so I interrupt by mistake and miss what people are saying! I am now calling my brother on a regular basis.

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