Happy Cochlear Implant Day to all CiBorgs !!!🤟🏻

This post is about the highlights of my journey then I will resume to writing chapters of my Journey…. Happy Cochlear Implant Day to CiBorgs… Today was an interesting day for me because I went to Advanced Bionics’s B.E.A event in northern California. A B.E.A is a Bionic EAR Association. The B.E.A Event was a great turn out for me because I am new to how my processor works and what new technology that A.B. has to offer in the long run of Cochlear Implants. I also got to meet some of A.B.’s Cochlear Implant users who have more experiences than I do because I am like a newborn who hears for the first time.

For those who are considering a Cochlear Implant, to be a candidate, or are torn in between getting a Cochlear Implant, or are unsure about which of the Three Companies: MED-EL, Cochlear America, and Advanced Bionics to use, I’m not telling you which one is the best one for you because I got Advanced Bionics. I am still new to being a Ciborg (left ear) with a hearing aid from Phonak. I have only been activated for two and half weeks (since February 8, 2018). I can hear some sounds like phone dialing/ringing and some environmental sounds. When it comes to people talking, the speech is like dings or like iPhone dings to Morse code.This drawing will be half of logo for the blog because I share the blog with my best friend Anne who has a Ci. Also today I decided to pimp up my cochlear implant with mermaid scales (washi tape) and the cord with hair tie from Micheals the craft store .

Those who want some info on support groups and my mentor Rachel’s  blog for her’s experinces of using 2 cochlears from A.B:

Rachel’s blog : https://2earsarebetterthan1.wordpress.com

1 Support group on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/ciexperiences/

2nd support group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/721674527972238/ 

Other things I  did reading two books  about  Cochlear implants . Here are links if you want to order them from amazon. soon I find the other one book I post it on other post about resources in the future.

1st book:New Beginnings: Acquiring and Living with a Cochlear Implant  link : https://www.amazon.com/New-Beginnings-Acquiring-Cochlear-Implant/dp/1939125014/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1

Mickey ’s cochlear Implant Journey chapter 1: Day before Surgery Day…..

The day before surgery (January 17th, 2018), I was a nervous wreck because of my anxiety of getting prepared for the next few months and the biggest moment of having the surgery to hear was finally here. One thing that calmed me down that day was working with my co-workers with adults who have disabilities. That was my last day of work until after I have full recovery of my balance strength. My boss gave me donuts to wish me good luck for surgery. When I was working, I was not thinking about the surgery. I also had a cold with a cough, so at that time, I wasn’t sure if I was getting the implant as planned or if it would be postponed. The surgeon, my ENT, Dr. Pross, told me to come in to see how my health was at the time of surgery. The pre-op nurse called me about the surgery after I got off of work at 3 pm to tell me that the surgery time would be at 8:15 in the morning. The night before, I couldn’t fall sleep because I was nervous, so I watched Netflix movies until I fell asleep around 3 am. I am thankful for having full support from my famila, best friends/friends, and some support groups for cochlear implant users or the becoming a CIBorg group on Facebook. I also have two Advanced Bionics mentors.