Showing Me The Signs

Happy National ASL Day!  To learn a little more about why exactly today was chosen to be National ASL Day, check out this site.  Be sure to watch the video on the first page.  It isn’t subtitled, but the transcript is below.  The signing is wonderful, and I didn’t know the explanation for why today…

An Intro To Sound

We turned Gigi’s Cochlear Implant on yesterday. She got her first intro to sound, because, yes, she CAN hear. All the electrodes in the implant are turned on. We weren’t sure she would tolerate that at first. She handled it like a champ though. I did take a video. I showed it to Joe and…

The Night Before Activation

Dear Gigi, It’s the night before the activation of your Cochlear Implant.  This has been a LONG time coming, sweet pea.  A Facebook memory just popped up yesterday reminding me that it was a year ago now when you received your first hearing aids.  A year.  That is not normal.  Some kids have Cochlear Implants…

Physical & Psychological

Before all the adoption paperwork updates, I think everyone might want a Gigi update.  She is doing so well!  We are out of the woods on any bleeding issues that might have occurred from the reinsertion of her implant.  The plan is to activate it on April 5th.  We are so excited at the new…

Paperchasing from the Halls of the Hospital.

I do my best adoption prep from the ICU.  It’s where all of Gigi’s paperwork was done, while Tess had open heart surgery.  This time, Isabel’s paperwork is being done from Gigi’s bedside.  She is spending a couple of days in the ICU as we re-insert her Cochlear Implant and try to make sure her…

Re-implanting, the Guilt that Comes with Another Try.

On Friday I made a call to the surgery scheduler for the Otolaryngology Clinic at our local children’s hospital.  We have made the decision to try to implant Gigi’s left cochlea again.  She called back today.  We are on the schedule for re-insertion of a left-sided cochlear implant on March 16th. Yes, after everything Gigi…

Full Circle

One week ago, Gigi, our Deaf 4 year old, had a Cochlear Implant (CI) inserted on the left side of her head.  I didn’t write about it here because this decision comes with some controversy.  The Deaf community often feel this is an attempt to “cure” your child’s deafness.  It was not.  That is all I need…

One Year of ASL

One year ago today, Gigi landed in the U.S. and met her brothers and sisters.  For those of you who haven’t met Gigi, she is Deaf and blind in her left eye.  Prior to coming to our family, Gigi had no language at all.  We introduced her to American Sign Language (ASL). On this day,…

An Everyday Fight

This is my daughter, Gigi, for those of you who aren’t familiar.  She is Deaf and has sight in only her right eye.  The vision she does have in that eye appears to be central only.  She misses things in her peripheral visual fields.  She falls sometimes because of it.  She missed out on learning…

Emerging.

There is a point in every single one of our adoptions that our children begin to emerge as people.  It’s an odd feeling during these few months at home, almost like a fog.  We operate in a constant state of haziness.  We’re strangers when our children arrive.  They don’t know us, we don’t know them,…

I Just Want to Talk to my Daughter: The Choice to Implant Gigi.

When Gigi arrived home, she arrived into our home where we were ready to sign.  We had practiced, taken college courses, we were ready.  For a very long time now, we have been trying to figure out what the status of Gigi’s vision is and will be in the future.  We sent her through a…

No, I Didn’t Sign On For This.

Yesterday, I sat in the Pediatric Geneticist’s office at our local children’s hospital.  I listened to the Geneticist tell me what his opinion was for the future of Gigi’s vision and I thought to myself… I didn’t sign on for this. We’re riding a rollercoaster with Gigi’s health.  We’re dipping back down into one of…