Wednesday, July 30, 2008
One more down.
Emmi is loosing another electrode. It is "high." Not too high to turn it off, but getting there. Progressing. Inching up each time. It looks like she will eventually loose it. There is already a short circuit between two electrodes. Another one was high at the last appointment, and had to be shut off. And? The full array is not inserted on that side. Although, there has been some confusion about that so far. Apparently that information was not passed on from the last audiologist. We are having to go back to the surgery notes. But I know what the doctor told me. We all remember. You can only loose five. Five and we go back in for surgery. It will have to be removed. She will have to be re-implanted. The one good thing is that her current audiologist has a new way of handling short circuits. Instead of shutting both off, he turns only one off. Then he boost the power to the other one. This whole problem is apparently rare. Her audiologist did say we were lucky to have Med-El. With the other brands when this happens failure is rapid and complete. It either works or doesn't he explained to me. I am sure there is a more technical explanation for that. But that is what I got. The whole thing makes me sick to think about. Not the surgery so much. But that part where I will have to make her go a whole month without her beloved left CI. It is her dominant side.