We have a new understanding of "ologist" we see an audiologist, a cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, and they are all very helpful........and VERY expensive!!! I am going to call my self a childologist....instead of a mother.....maybe someone will pay me......?? ya think?
Wren had an audiologist visit yesterday.....in Denver....a four hour drive away. Kyndahl rode along with me to do some shopping. We hit Old N@vy, and T@rget, ate at Qdobe, and went to the audiologist.
Wren was an absolute angel the whole day. She LOVES to go places. I carried her down at 7:00am. and she went to bed at 11:40pm. a loooong day without one bad episode! She looked at books about 3/4 of the way there...happy to have her own little drink holder and water bottle. We stopped for breakfast about an hour and a half down the road....scrambled eggs and 2 sausage patties.....all protein..makes her so happy. Then she just messed with the ipad and looked out the window the rest of the way. A dream traveler!
She shared my burrito bowl at Qdobe, and we shared chips n cheese. She never blinked at the black beans and corn....she will eat about anything.....unlike her picky little sister.
We got to the Audiologist about a half hour early so we took pictures to kill time. Sorry everyone.....there are a lot of them......but grma and grpa wanna see them.
Looking out the 2nd floor window.
Lets try the blue back ground.
Can we make it look like she's riding the horse..........maybe not.
playing with the light..didn't work out so well.....such a lady?..........
waiting waiting waiting.....
Finally! The first thing they do is take her into a totally sound proof, room. It is so quiet and the sound is so dead, it's slightly claustrophobic to me! The the audiologist makes different noises at different volumes to see what the softest sounds she hears are, and how quickly she responds to them. When she hears a noise she puts the checker in the slot...or knocks something off the table, or puts in a puzzle piece, or puts a peg in a board, or throws a ball into a bucket, a sticker on the paper.....anything to keep them from getting bored. She worked hard...they worked hard:)
The audiologist sits on this side of the window.....with me and another helper. she watches for Wrens reaction. and charts her progress to see how to adjust her program.
The lady above in the striped dress is also deaf. She wears a cochlear implant that she received at age 40! She had a hearing aide before, and wears one on her other ear. She can hear things with her implant that she never heard with her hearing aide. She is helpful with understanding what Wren is dealing with. When I told her that Wren and I go head to head most days.....she said she grew up feeling like she could never please her mother.....ouch.......is that what I am doing to Wren? She said they get along well now......She also said she gives credit to her mother for where she is today..........whew...maybe I'm not ruining her.........BUT.....is there a way to encourage and push with out making the child feel like he/she never measures up? That is what I need to strive for. What I need to pray for wisdom for! Patience for! LOVE for!
After she's done in there, they hook her to the computer ...to program her C.I. processor.
She has been wearing the ear worn processor for about 2-4 weeks now because every time I would put her left body worn one on she would cry, and sign too loud! I believed her. Since we stopped wearing the left one, she has fought me so much less about putting them on! The audiologist adjusted it, and now she's fine with it again. This is why we make the 4hr. trek to see her:) The gray part on the bottom is the part hooked to the computer which programs the computer in her ear piece. We play more games to keep her sitting still. The whole process takes about 2 to 2-1/2 hrs. She was a trooper!
After we were done here, we headed back to Target for some final shopping. When we were getting out of the car I asked Wren to hand me my purse.....she did......then she asked if she could take her purse in. Now she didn't actually sign all of that, but she pointed to her purse, then herself......with raised eyebrows...a question look. I nodded yes.....she had a play phone, a little bible and a stuffed animal in there. She was hilarious! She put it up on her shoulder, and was SOOOO pleased with her self. She pointed to Kyndahl's and my purse and then hers and held up 3 fingers. Yep we all 3 have purses. You should have seen her grin! So cute. Then she put it in the shopping cart with mine......except for her "cell phone" which she proceeded to talk on.....SO funny! she yacked, and waved her hands, and walked all around looking at clothes........LOL then she handed it to me to talk on. She took her purse in and out of the cart continually. This kept her entertained for almost 2hrs! She was a delight to have along. I LOVE having two girls, but it's also really fun to be able to spend some one on one time with each of them. Wren loved being focused on, and spoiled. We bought juice and things we don't normally allow:) girls day out kinda treatment! For supper (don't judge me) she had a little bag of potato chips all to herself, and some chipped ham(no bread) from the deli....and green bug juice. I rolled the ham up in sticks and lined them on a napkin...you'd a thought it was prime rib to see her pleasure. At the gas station, she was picking out her bug juice, and I tapped her shoulder and asked her......do you want this juice, pointing to the ones she was looking at, or do you want the other drink pointing to the fountain drinks and "signed cup and straw" she stopped and put her finger on her chin like she was thinking......then grinned and pointed to the bug juice. She loves having a choice. But the miracle is that she listened to my whole sentence, and knew what I asked...and what she wanted! When I think about the fact that all she could understand a year and 3 months ago was to hold yourself if you had to potty, and rub your stomach when you are hungry, make a drinking motion if you're thirsty........it almost makes me weep for joy:) When leaving the restaurant at lunch she asked if she could take her drink with her.....it goes something like this.....she points to her drink, then signs car....with her eyebrows raised in question. This is HUGE!!! (we don't normally allow drinks to go with us because Iley has to potty SO much....and more kids equal more messes) She initiated the conversation and communicated a question to me:):):):) We are making progress!!! She picked out a dress she wanted at Old N@vy from a selection of 5 dresses, She pushed the elevator button just as it made a beep and jumped, she's hearing and reacting faster.......She was just so happy and full of joy all day long:)