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Mary Featherston

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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Post Surgery Question   
    @Mary Beth, thank you, that was interesting.  I'm only now learning how little I knew about what they were doing to my head!  In the end you have to trust your medical team, but this makes me curious.  Now I have more questions for the surgeon on Wednesday.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in What new features would make you want to upgrade?   
    @Mary Beth - that would in fact be huge.  Go, Med-El, go!  Please do the Androids.  I have an iPhone now because it's a work phone and that's what my company offers but when I retire and get a personal phone again it will be an Android. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in What new features would make you want to upgrade?   
    @Jewel
    If Med-El introduced a processor that had direct from iDevices AND direct from Android phones for streaming ALL kinds of audio, not just phone calls, they would have another WORLD’S FIRST feature.
     
    Cochlear N7 has direct from iDevices for ALL sound sources but doesn’t have direct from android phones.
    AB announced that SWORD will be available on the Naida 90 for direct PHONE CALLS ONLY on both iPhones and android phones.
    No one has offered direct ALL sound sources (phone, music, audiobooks, videos) for BOTH iDevices and android phones yet.
    I am rooting for Med-El  to be the WORLD’s FIRST to offer direct streaming of ALL audio on ALL platforms.
    (I wonder how difficult that would be?  Would there need to be separate models of processors.....Apple versus Android?)
    Any techie people out there who care to chime in on if that is even possible?
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in What new features would make you want to upgrade?   
    I totally endorse Mary Beth's last post. I had no idea that competitors give more flexibility with the mixing ratio.
    I would like to have an app for the CI on Apple and Android devices with direct streaming capabilities. I hope Med-El is taking note of our suggestions ? @MED-EL Moderator
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Surgery May 4   
    @stranger if you don't have pain now, you're doing great!  I was taking the occasional hydrocodone for the first week - but to be honest, it was mainly because I wasn't allowed ibuprofen and acetominophen doesn't do anything for me, never has.  But very very good that you were able to stop your pain meds!
    And yep, @Jewel my surgeon used a Sharpie too.  I spent the first three days after trying to decide if she'd just scribbled on my earlobe or if it was a Chinese character, as she is either an immigrant or the child of immigrants - a very very slight accent.  I was hoping for Chinese character.  :-)
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Daniel the Stranger in Surgery May 4   
    Well it has been now 24 hours since I took the last tablets for the pain when I was discharged from hospital and so far I have not needed to take anymore here at home. The send me some tablets when I was discharged but I have not opened them. I hope it continues like that from now on. These tablets are Tramadol, quite strong and I'm not looking forward to opening them. 
    Lots of tinnitus as expected, otherwise I think I'm doing pretty well considering this is my second day after surgery. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Daniel the Stranger in Surgery May 4   
    @Mary Featherston lol, not only that, my wife tried to remove the writing but she couldn't!!! tried rubbing alcohol with little success, she could remove some of it but it is still there lol.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in Surgery May 4   
    @stranger, by the way, you got a lot more writing on you than I did.  My surgeon just put what looked like some asterisks on my earlobe to mark the correct one.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in Post Surgery Question   
    Yes @Mary Featherston I hope so too. Mine is much better now. 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Daniel the Stranger in Surgery May 4   
    @stranger - excellent!  Now for a quick recovery and activation!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in Top three suggestions for new CI recipients   
    I just put what I thought would be necessary to know later or to tell my Audi at the next visit. Also what was unique about the day. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Well I sure hope it goes as well for both of you,?
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Well my dear friends it is amazing! Of course it’s like a new implant it needs speech recognition first and for most so that’s where I’m starting. Background sounds sound normal but speech is garbled and “Donald Duck” sounding. F and E’s are tough. So I’m working on them. As for activation it went well! I cried a bit of course! To hear in two ears! I got the Rogers pen in my kit. But I’m not happy it will be about $700 to get another boot for my other ear. So that’s out of the question. I’ll stick with my neck loop. 
    Lots of sounds to get used to. Many are quite loud but I have seen an improvement there already in one day. It’s all about relentless forward motion. Good luck @Jackie Erickson and @Mary Featherston keep up the hard work!! 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Great to hear @Jdashiell sorry I forgot to ask how your doing. I have a Quatrro 4 as well. It is working well. I tried AB CLIX today. I did too well! So I downloaded Angel Sounds to see how that goes this afternoon.  I am hearing so well it seems natural with the two again! Keep up the great work everyone! 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Leisa in Post Surgery Question   
    Thanks, @Kara of Canada - I was wondering if that were true given how close to my ear the incision is.  I have a friend (Canadian, actually, but in Ottawa, not Toronto) who mentioned that it's likely nerve damage as @Leisa suggests.  So from all the input from you two and Jill, I'm going to say it's nerve damage caused by the retractor!
    I'm sure it will heal.  Thanks!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Thanks @Mary Beth and everyone I will let you know how it goes and what’s in the “special” package! 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Post Surgery Question   
    @Mary Beth - my activation is next week, it will be 3.5 weeks.  I don't think the Sonnet will bother me, this is the very tip of the ear where the processor shouldn't be putting pressure on it.  I don't expect any issues, I never did have problems with hearing aids.  My ears are evidently pretty tough.  :-)
    The actual sore part is where the top of the ear curls downward, so it's on the outside.  I think the processor will be OK.  I'm just wondering what would have caused it.  The swelling is mostly gone though my ear is not sitting quite as close to my head as it did before so I guess there's probably still a bit of swelling there.  It's got to be rough on the whole surgical site. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Post Surgery Question   
    Sleeping on the newly implanted side took awhile for me.  When I did sleep on that side, I bent my arm in a V and positioned my ear in the open space inside that V.  Worked great.  Some people have used travel pillows etc to create that open space and avoid pressure on that ear and implant site until it is comfortable again.  Good news is, it will be comfortable again in time.
     
    As for pain at the top of your ear, any chance it is still swollen?  Some people have difficulty wearing BTE processors at first if their ear is still sore.  Healing times seem to vary greatly from person to person.
     
    I was activated at 3.5 weeks each time so I’m not sure how it would’ve felt to wear a BTE processor at 2.5 weeks.  By activation, it was comfortable for me.
     
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jackie Erickson in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Activation went very well today. I went with a Sonnett instead of a Rondo this time. I’m really liking the Sonnett. It’s nice to hear bilaterally again. Glad I had it done.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in favorite WOW moments   
    @Mary Beth just a plain sonnet. 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in favorite WOW moments   
    Ha, @Leisa - I was in urgent care on Sunday (not a biggie, I didn't break my foot, turns out I have arthritis) and the doctor and I were talking and she told me about a friend of hers who was deaf from birth, got a CI, and her WOW moments were hearing her husband's voice for the first time and realizing for the first time that her dog's nails on hardwood make a clickety sound.  Pretty cool stuff.  Nikki, I'm so happy for you too, your wow moments are a list of awesome.
    I'm counting down to activation myself.  @Kara of Canada two days for you!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Leisa in favorite WOW moments   
    Ha, @Leisa - I was in urgent care on Sunday (not a biggie, I didn't break my foot, turns out I have arthritis) and the doctor and I were talking and she told me about a friend of hers who was deaf from birth, got a CI, and her WOW moments were hearing her husband's voice for the first time and realizing for the first time that her dog's nails on hardwood make a clickety sound.  Pretty cool stuff.  Nikki, I'm so happy for you too, your wow moments are a list of awesome.
    I'm counting down to activation myself.  @Kara of Canada two days for you!
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Nikki in favorite WOW moments   
    Ha, @Leisa - I was in urgent care on Sunday (not a biggie, I didn't break my foot, turns out I have arthritis) and the doctor and I were talking and she told me about a friend of hers who was deaf from birth, got a CI, and her WOW moments were hearing her husband's voice for the first time and realizing for the first time that her dog's nails on hardwood make a clickety sound.  Pretty cool stuff.  Nikki, I'm so happy for you too, your wow moments are a list of awesome.
    I'm counting down to activation myself.  @Kara of Canada two days for you!
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Elgab in Post surgical experience   
    I never had tinnitus but after surgery I did.  By now my tinnitus is mere background noise except when I'm excited or angry about something, at which time the tinnitus increases.  I wonder if it has something to do with blood pressure?  Never had any feeling that I have something in my head that wasn't there before.  Nor pain.  The dizziness went away after two days. Now my only questions are about that one last stitch that hasn't fallen out yet, and the traces of discharge after a shower that show that the surgery is not yet entirely healed after nearly 4 weeks.  How long does it take most people to totally heal, I wonder.  Could it be a function of age?
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    Mary Featherston reacted to thomasroper4 in Post surgical experience   
    You remember getting your first wrist watch. You were always consious it was there but then you forget to take them off when you jump in the pool. I've had them for 9 years and don' notice them anymore. I don't remember welling but I had one done in Jacksonville and one done in Charlotte. Two totally different doctor and two totally different method of surgery. The second recovery was easier. I had tinntus before and after. None now but a low rumble when I take them off.
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