I thought I would update in some detail about the cochlear implant surgery. Lil Bill got the surgery this past Friday! We are patiently waiting for them to turn them on. July 14th they will do an initial stimulation. I cannot wait to see his response. Some videos I have seen of babies and toddlers hearing for the first time have such great responses. By great I mean laughing and smiling so big or screaming and crying. I think Lil Bill may be closer to the smiling than crying but if not it wouldn't be the first time he has surprised me!
So the night before surgery I could not sleep at all. I was filled with so many emotions. I was scared, anxious, excited, nervous, sick to my stomach, confident, just to name a few. I really do not know how to put it into words exactly how I felt. I mean, imagine, how you would feel if your sweet child was going to be getting a surgery that will allow him or her to hear clearly for the first time? Who am I kidding, I never could of imagined what half the shit in life that I have ever been through would feel like until I really went through it right!?
We got up for the day around 5 am. Billy and I got ready while Lil Bill snoozed. For those of you who know us, know we enjoy to make Lil Bill's doctors and nurses laugh or smile. His first Halloween in the NICU we dressed him up in a Build A Bear Incredible Hulk Outfit. His first Christmas in the NICU we put him in a onzie that said a gift to all the ladies (Thanks Mere!) and put him in a wrapped Christmas Box. We thought it would be only appropriate to dress him in doctor scrubs for the day of his big day!! Of course everyone got a kick out of it!
When they finally told us we could see Lil Bill we ran back. He was still half out of it. He had a big old bandage on his head. The nurse, Billy and I, decided he looked like Princess Laya, poor him! Overnight when a different nurse re-wrapped it several times her and I came up with several other names for the turban I mean bandage as well! Here is a picture of the bandage. This is of course much later in the day. My happy boy doesn't let a little pain bring him down.