Sunday, July 18

Cedar Point with CI's

We recently made our annual trip to Cedar Point with Drew and his sister. The kids both love amusement rides and junk fair-type foods, and were extremely excited to spend the day running around the park.

This is a picture of Drew and his sister taking off on the Jr. Gemini for the first time. It's a mini version of the real Gemini roller coaster, just for kids. Drew and his sister were big enough to ride by themselves, so off they went together. As their car pulled out of the station, a sense of panic came over me. Drew was wearing only the BTE portion of his cochlear implants. He had never ridden a ride this intense without a parent by his side to protect his CI's, nor had he ever ridden a ride without his babyworn system. I turned to Drew's Dad and mentioned my fear. We both worried the entire time they were flying around the track. I resolved myself to an afternoon of combing the grounds beneath the roller coaster searching for missing parts, but luckily that did not happen. Drew returned, two CI's still in place. A sense of relief came over us, until the coaster took off again. Another minute of painfully waiting for Drew to return with both ears.

All was well. He didn't have an ear come off all day. And I think he rode the Jr. Gemini about twenty times. Although it ended well, we have an oto-clip (scroll down to the bottom of page) on order.

1 comment:

Danielle said...

Hi, I stumbled across your blog while doing research on cochlear implants, deafness, etc. My son is 8 weeks old and we found out 3 weeks ago that he is profoundly deaf in both ears. Life has been a whirlwind ever since. I was wondering if you mind sending your email address to me. I have some random questions that I'd like to ask if you have the time and would be willing to correspond with me. I think we are on the right track....and things are moving quickly and I know everything will be okay and I love your just helps to reaffirm that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The doctors can answer all the medical type questions but it's still nice to get 'real life' answers from parents that have 'been there and done that.' My e-mail address is I know you must be busy with two little ones so if you don't have time, I completely understand. Thanks! ~Danielle