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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    @Jewel - not to worry, I am taking it very easy.   Mostly I've been in a recliner.  Friday night I put extra pillows on the bed to form a sort of ramp - just to keep my head a little bit elevated.  I started that way last night too, but by morning I didn't want it any more and just used my normal pillow and was comfortable.  I did notice that the tinnitus increased a bit over the weekend and was pretty loud last night, but @Kara of Canada had mentioned that so I know it's normal and am just doing my best to ignore it.
    Your experience may be different, of course, but from what I can see, the surgical process is much less traumatic than it used to be.  I know a woman who got her CI fifteen years ago and they kept her in the hospital for two days.  I'm glad I was able to come home, I'm more comfortable here and sleep better, and my husband is a better cook than most hospital kitchens! 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Sounds like you are doing well  Mary and glad to hear it. I still have the tinnitus it’s comes and goes. Definitely not bad. As for sleeping up right I was told not to sleep on the implanted side for two weeks so I just started sleeping on my back again. I was so frustrated with staying comfortable so I gave it up. I was propped up with pillows before. Don’t own a recliner. Staples out and feeling so much better! Three weeks to activation! So excited! 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    I hope it all works out for you @Renachelw. Baby steps.... ?
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Renachelw in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    Thanks everyone
    Yes, i think Social Anxiety is the word for it. I feel like my brain is slowing down a lot too lol.
    Let's just hope i'll regain my confidence after I can hear again. Right now I just feel so scared of everything, even though I know my fears are irrational. 
    Will be doing the surgery soon. I hope all goes well  
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Wow, I am even more impressed with the surgical team now.  I just had a shower and the last little bandage that was stuck behind my ear came off.  The incision and the sutures are clean and healing nicely.  All that worrying I did, and these guys just made it look easy.  Anyone in Minnesota, go to the University of Minnesota clinic.  The people there are awesome.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Really well.  I'm still in a bit of pain and am kind of woozy but it's much, much better than Friday or yesterday.
    The surgical team was great, not just in keeping me as comfortable as possible before, during and after surgery, but in telling me what to expect as I heal.
    I'm really impressed with them.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jackie Erickson in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Getting around a little better, very sore and bruised. 
    How did your surgery go?
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    @Jewel - when I was setting up the surgery, the surgeon's assistant did communicate with me via email.  I think they would have if I'd asked but since Ron was there for the surgery and met the whole team I just told 'em to call him and he can speak for me.  We've been married for 30 years, we're a team.  :-)
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jdashiell in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    @Mary Beth, I totally forgot to ask about the array.  I'll be in for a follow up and will find out then, I'm interested to know.  @Jewel, I'm allowed to take it off tomorrow.  It's not uncomfortable when I'm sitting up but when I lie down to sleep (and I slept for three hours after I got home, and I almost never sleep during the day) I have to keep my head straight and not put pressure on the right side.  As the pain goes away I'm sure that will too.  The nurse said the worst of it would be over with this weekend.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    I agree with the others - I have been slowly losing my ability to interact normally and have lost a lot of abilities that people take for granted.  I'm sitting here with my brand-new implant in my right ear and can hardly contain my excitement about the future.  Getting back to offhand and easy conversation with my husband, hearing things in meetings at work, knowing when a car is coming up behind me in a parking lot.
    It all adds up and as Jewel said, it changes who you are.  I can tell you:  there will be no one who will work harder at the training and rehab than I will because I know what I may be able to get back from my CI.
    And I hope you find your path too.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    @Mary Featherston, terrific.  After a few days of recovery, if you get bored...check out the free InnoCaption app and service.  It uses court reporters and works with cell phones.  I tested it out for a hard of hearing friend and she loves it.  
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    @Mary Featherston, you are in for a world of fun!  It took me quite awhile to not feel like I was eavesdropping since I could hear everything people around me were saying even when they weren’t talking to me at all.  I have been a sound junkie ever since activation.  Over three years and I LOVE it so much.  Aural rehab is work but for me (and I get the sense it will be similar for you too) it was so much fun to teach my brain to hear with a CI.  When is activation?
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    I agree with the others - I have been slowly losing my ability to interact normally and have lost a lot of abilities that people take for granted.  I'm sitting here with my brand-new implant in my right ear and can hardly contain my excitement about the future.  Getting back to offhand and easy conversation with my husband, hearing things in meetings at work, knowing when a car is coming up behind me in a parking lot.
    It all adds up and as Jewel said, it changes who you are.  I can tell you:  there will be no one who will work harder at the training and rehab than I will because I know what I may be able to get back from my CI.
    And I hope you find your path too.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Valentin in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    Hi @Renachelw
    I’m sorry to read you wrote. I began to lose the hearing around 15 years ago. It was difficult to me to take the decision, but in the end I went ahead.
     
    All of us have our “journey”. Some people go faster than others. I’m living it with a slow recovery, but sincerely I don’t want to come back again to silent world. This has been one of the hardest decisions I've taken but I don't regret it.
     
    Cochlear implant changed my life. Cochlear implant changes the live of the people.
     


     
     
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Megan L. in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    @Mary Beth, I totally forgot to ask about the array.  I'll be in for a follow up and will find out then, I'm interested to know.  @Jewel, I'm allowed to take it off tomorrow.  It's not uncomfortable when I'm sitting up but when I lie down to sleep (and I slept for three hours after I got home, and I almost never sleep during the day) I have to keep my head straight and not put pressure on the right side.  As the pain goes away I'm sure that will too.  The nurse said the worst of it would be over with this weekend.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Jewel in Is this normal for people with hearing loss?   
    Hi @Renachelw. Sorry to hear what you're going through. Hearing loss is definitely very difficult to accept and live with. Like you I haven't gotten my CI yet. People who knew me before my hearing loss have remarked that my personality has changed. I used to be very extroverted and outgoing. Now I'm more withdrawn and introverted. But I'm more likely to be that way around people who I don't feel comfortable around or who I can't understand when they are speaking. I think that lipreading for hours on end is extremely draining.
    Do you have regular conversations with good friends? I think that when we don't converse orally with people often we may start to feel a bit awkward when communicating with others via email, etc. It is like the same social anxiety we experience when talking to someone we don't know well or don't understand when they are speaking is the same thing we experience when we have to communicate via email and texts. 
    Do you have a good friend you can confide in? Maybe find out from that person whether they have noticed any changes in you. Not because someone remarks that you're inept makes that a fact. It could just be a thoughtless remark of someone who means you no good. 
    Pay more attention to what your true friends say. 
    I'm curious to see how life changing the CI will be for me. Will I regain my old personality? Maybe you should give serious consideration to getting a CI. 
    Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself. No better time to start than now. If we are confident in ourselves, people will see it and back off. 
    Anyway these are just my thoughts. I hope things will improve for you. You're not alone. 
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Jewel in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    @Mary Beth, I totally forgot to ask about the array.  I'll be in for a follow up and will find out then, I'm interested to know.  @Jewel, I'm allowed to take it off tomorrow.  It's not uncomfortable when I'm sitting up but when I lie down to sleep (and I slept for three hours after I got home, and I almost never sleep during the day) I have to keep my head straight and not put pressure on the right side.  As the pain goes away I'm sure that will too.  The nurse said the worst of it would be over with this weekend.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Thanks, @Mary Beth! 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in April 2018 surgeries and activations   
    Wishing @Jackie Erickson and @Mary Featherston the very best tomorrow on their CI surgeries.  When you are feeling up to it, let us know how you are doing.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in Received my authorization!   
    I have found it does that for me in the bath under water. I get sound. Down the electrode. Water is a good sound conductor. 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Kara of Canada in Newhearing   
    UPDATE
     
    So surgery was a success. No complications. I was in nd out of the hospital in 8 hours. Recovery was very good. Only strong pain meds the first night then regular Tylenol for a week as needed. 
    Staples out today no issues. I did however start having some nerve pain a couple of days ago. It comes and goes exspecially in the middle of the night. Drsaid he didn’t know what to say about it. I had it last time so I will just tough it out.
    Activation May 3! Can’t wait!! 
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Received my authorization!   
    There have been reports from people of “hearing” chimes, bells, etc when they rub their ear on the implanted side even with the processor off.  For some, this is temporary and for others it seems longer lasting.
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    Mary Featherston reacted to Mary Beth in Received my authorization!   
    Right after surgery it was uncomfortable to lie on the implanted side.  That improved over time.
    I have never “heard” any unique sounds when laying on either implanted side with the processors off.
    In the early weeks, I experienced loud and interesting tinnitus when I removed the processor at night.  That resolved also over time.
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    Mary Featherston got a reaction from Mary Beth in New to HearsPeers   
    Good, luck, @Dorothy!  I think you were right to seek out a doctor with experience with your choice of implants.  This is no time to be a learning experience!
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