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Another Cochlear Update

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Last week I had an appointment with my “right ear” audiologist (I have one for my hearing aid ear and one for my bionic cochlear ear). It went well.  Not as great as I had hoped, but the news was positive for someone that has failed to do their homework. (I’m supposed to practice listening with just my right ear, but in order to do that I have to completely block the noise out of my left ear. To do that I have to put an earplug in it then hold my ear flap down over it.  It’s painful after about 10 […]

My Cochlear Story Part 4

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Hopefully this post will bring us up to date on my story.  Recovery has been hard.  Part of my hair was shaved off for the surgery (superficial I know, but part of the story…plus I have a picture for it :)), I had intense pain and fatigue for probably a month or so,  and I had terrible vertigo for awhile (though it rears its ugly head from time to time).  Perhaps the worst, hardest part of the recovery process has been the “loss” (for lack of a better word) of my tastebuds on half of my tongue.  At times it […]

My Cochlear Story Part 3

Karate Kid Shannon

On November 16, 2011, I went in for surgery.  It was really nerve racking.  We had prayed for and had been anticipating this day for some time. My surgery was scheduled for 1:00pm (at least the check in was) and I had been fasting since midnight.  We didn’t get sent down to the pre-op room until 2:30pm and by that time I was pretty grouchy (hey-I missed lunch!)  It was another 2 1/2 hours before I was sent in for the surgery.  Yup.  It was a long afternoon. Pre-op:  We hung out in our mini cubicle and played scrabble, took […]

My Cochlear Story: Part 2

Dr. Wayne Grudem

(…yup!  He’s wearing my microphone!) Back in April I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Wayne Grudem speak on the Gifts of the Spirit.  While he was speaking, I was struck by a comment he made.  He said, “Many people will seek medical healing, but they won’t seek spiritual.”  As my husband and I were driving home, I realized that I had been doing the opposite.  The Spirit revealed to me that I had completely written off medical healing because of the two previous attempts. The next day, my husband was giving Dr. Grudem my FM System (an assistive listening […]

My Cochlear Story: Part 1

I’ve had a hearing loss most of my life.  When I was one I had spinal meningitis and as a result of that (or the antibiotics) I lost half of the hearing in my left ear and some in my right.  When I was a freshman in high school, I was riding the bus to school and lost all of it in my right ear.  The doctors couldn’t explain what happened, so we tried different things to see if it would come back and nothing worked.  At the time, my parents had me tested to see if I would be […]

Advent Christmas Decor

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Back in November one of the Pastor’s at my church (Mars Hill Church in Albuquerque) approached me about heading up the Advent decor.  I was honored, and humbled, and a little nervous too.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it because I was having surgery and didn’t know how it would go.  Greg and I prayed, and we felt like God said WE should do it.  So we said yes, with the understanding that I might be limited in what I could do.  God graciously provided help in the form of interns (you guys are bomb!) […]