And, not by choice. I got a phone call from Delaney around 2:00 saying her hearing aid battery had died, and asking me to run her up a new one. I was driving Trey home from school, and in the middle of painting a room so I decided she could wait the hour until she got home from school to change it (since she had her cochlear implant as well). She's supposed to have extra batteries in her backpack for this very reason. About 3:00 our neighbor (who gives the girls a ride to school), came over with something one of the girls had left in the car- yep, you guessed it. Delaney's implant. I could just kill her. She is so careless with it, and in this case, since her hearing aid was not working, she really needed it.
Hopefully she learned something from this experience, but I'm not so sure. I'm really at my wits end with her. If her aided ear continues to lose residual hearing, her implant will be her main hearing device. I wish she would understand this and take it a bit more seriously. And for all of you who are proponents of not implanting your children, etc. Delaney has from day one refused to consider learning any ASL as a back-up. She is strictly a verbal communicator/lover (which in all honesty is what we have stressed), but she needs to come to the realization that there is a VERY strong possibility that her hearing aid will no longer work for her at some point in her future. Why not embrace the cochlear implant now? She's already done the really tough part (the surgery), and she hears quite well with it.
Sorry for the rant- just frustrated w/ my daughter today -LOL!