Friday, September 28, 2007

The incredible flying Cochlear Implant, and other amazing stories

The rain has arrived- which is good, except that it probably won't really leave until next April. I'm pretty much used to it at this point, we're going on year four here, but I must admit, soccer in the rain is NOT FUN. And, seeing as we have three kids playing soccer, we are guaranteed to get rained on a lot. An added component is the mud- not just on clothes, but there is always the fear that E's cochlear implant is going to go flying off of her head at any given moment, landing in the mud, which we are then going to have to dig through in order to rescue it. This has not happened at this point, and she has had her implant since her 3rd birthday- she's 7 now. She plays soccer with one hand covering her ear, helping to hold on the CI, so if you see a little girl flying around a soccer field, clutching her ear, my bet is she's wearing an implant (or she's my daughter). We really need to brainstorm a better system, but I'm using all my 'brainstorming' time, writing this blog that has no readers :) I'm just calling it therapy.

Since I was discussing digging her implant out of the muck- here's a funny little story for you all. Yesterday, E was scampering into my husband's car, and somehow, swung her head in just the right motion to fling her implant off her head, into the sewer grate/drain thing-a-ma-bob (maybe I should add in the nasty, smelly, full of sludge sewer). Here is where we as parents have to weigh the cost of the implant (about $6,700), vs. finding a tool to dig through the above-mentioned nastiness. Needless to say, E is now wearing a slightly smelly cochlear implant, and my husband is NOT going to park anywhere near a sewer grate. Just a thought.....maybe the mud from the soccer field will help erase the sewage smell???? Possibly we'll find out tomorrow.

I guess I promised "other amazing stories"- really I don't have any. On a side note, if any of you parents of implant wearing kids have great suggestions for keeping it on a running child's head, I'd love to hear them! My oldest daughter, D (11) plays more competitive soccer and wears her hearing aid only- which never flies off. But, it means she doesn't hear anything the coaches say to her unless the coaches are standing on the right side of the field from where she is. I used to try yelling what the coaches were saying to her, to help her out, but I looked like one of those out of control soccer parents- couldn't do that, now could I. There are enough of those out there :) Well, I have an appointment with a school bus, so I better scoot. I'll be back to talk to myself tomorrow after soccer!


Mom to Toes said...

Can I recommend french braids?

(For the girls, preferrably.)

Someone told me you can french braid right around the coil and it will stay in place like super glue.

Of course, my daughter doesn't yet have enough hair to french braid.

Then there is the fact that I am lucky if I can manage to put her hair in two remotely symmetrical pigtails.

French braids seem like a pipe dream, really.

But, I thought I'd throw that it there.


Jennifer said...

I like MomtoToes' friend Joyce says she puts hers up in her ponytails and it stays. My hair's too short for that...I need to grow it out again :). I have enjoyed reading what you have written so far...I hav efive kids at my house, and they all hear, but they're always hollering at ME, so it's by no means quiet here :)
Hope to see more writing from you...hope you don't have any more sewer drain stories though (that is one of my fears...I won't walk near the things!)

Loudest Mom on the Block said...

Thanks for the ideas! Emily (E) just requested shorter hair, and I'm not that adept at braiding, but we may give it a try- I LOVE the idea. She has a cute little bob haircut though, that may make it difficult. Maybe super glue is the best option- he he.....don't think I haven't considered it :)

- Thanks for reading

K-Flower said... sells barretes that attatch to the implant as well as the hair. These stop the implant from hitting the ground if it does fall off the ear, and easily work on shorter haired girls.