I have noticed a few changes in Drew since his surgery. I don't know if they are a coincidence or not, but none the less, noteworthy.
First, Drew has not done his back arch, scoot around on the top-of-his-head maneuver for two whole days now, a maneuver very typical of deaf babies. When holding him, he does not arch his back, nearly throwing himself from your arms. Maybe he still isn't feeling 100% and this will return, but he has never gone this long without arching his back.
Secondly, his balance seems to be a lot better. He was sitting up prior to surgery, but not all that well. The back arching was hurting his ability to sit up because he would throw himself backward to arch his back. With that, it seems like he is really sitting up. Drew's Dad and I were both amazed last night at how long he sat on the floor, and when he would tip from side to side he was able to correct back to the center. He really has not been able to do that before. Affects to Drew's balance system were a major concern to us going into the surgery, especially since we elected have him implanted simultaneously. While our research is in no way scientific, I think in Drew's case the surgery seems to have only helped his balance.
Third, he has not let out the typical Drew db screams. He would talk to us at db's so loud we thought he might give us hearing loss at times. But he hasn't done that. I don't know if it is because his throat is still sore from the intubation, or if maybe the loss of all residual hearing has left him unable to hear those sounds so he is not making them?
I think it will be interesting to see what other changes we notice in him in the coming weeks and if these things change as he continues to recover from his surgery.