Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Update on Elijah's Right Ear!

Well, Elijah is still complaining that his right ear is bugging him. I made an appointment for January 9th with his audiologist. She suggested I change out controllers so I put his right controller on his left ear and his left on his right ear. This all happened on Monday and then today I noticed once again that his right ear coil was off. He never lets it dangle so I asked him to put it back on and asked him why he had it off. At first he was defensive and said he didn't know. I asked him again and he said it was bugging him. So we are back where we started! We are going to start by doing whole new MAPs on both ears and see what happens after that. I am just so glad he has his left ear to rely on when his right ear is bugging him!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Just Updated the Blog!

I just updated my blog here a bit. I put a new picture up in the header and changed the background! As you can see the boys have grown quite a bit! Jacob is 5 feet 8 3/4 inches tall and gained 35 lbs. in one year. I wish I could do that and look as thin as he does! Of course, he also grew several inches taller.

Elijah has gained some weight too since I last updated the header pic! We are keeping an eye on his height, but he is growing! We go to the endocronologist in at the beginning of the year.

I am off of work until next Monday and the boys are off too. We are hanging at home and enjoying the time off!!

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Visit to the Audiologist last week!

So I took Elijah in to see his audiologist last week, because his right ear processor has been bugging him. I had called Cochlear and they suggested putting it through the dry and store and also changing the mic covers. Did both of those and then changed out his coil. It was still bugging him so Cochlear sent a new refurbished processor and I made an appointment with the audiologist. I also switched him to his back up Freedom processor, his other is a Freedom too, and this one bugged him.

Well, the new one arrived, but it took two days for me to get it from FedEx. Someone at the house has to sign for it, can't go to a neighbor, OR someone with the same last name can pick it up from the distribution center. Well, I asked them to hold it so I could pick it up the next day. I show up and it was on the truck still. UGH! So they called Cochlear and got permission for a family friend to pick it up the next day. We got it on the 16th and after just a day it was bugging him too. Now this is for his right ear which he totally prefers over his left ear. I mean he likes his left ear, but he lets it DANGLE, as I have blogged about before. Well, now it is his right ear dangling or bugging him.

We went to the audiologist on the 22nd and she listened to his right ear with the headphones. Well, it sounded awful she said so we switched to his backup, which I had remembered to bring too, and she said it sounded good. She checked things internally and said it looked like everything was working good. We also checked his left ear and did a hearing test. I have to say he was consistent at 10 dB on all frequencies and even heard at 0 dB for one frequency. It was one of his best hearing test and he really worked hard and paid attention.

I called Cochlear around 9:00 that morning and they said they would send us a new one, but it might be next week before we get it. Yesterday morning, the 23rd, he told me his back up was bugging him AGAIN! We then got his new refurbished processor in the mail and after putting the Skin Its on, I gave it to him. OH and I did listen to it before hand and it sounded good. After just a few hours he told me it was bugging him again! AGHHHHH! What is going on?

I emailed his audiologist last night and explained what has happened since we left. Then this morning I see his right ear blink with coil attached and blink just ONCE and then all was fine. When all this started I saw his original bugging him processor blink a few times and got him some batteries. Coil was on and so I figured it was batteries. I returned to find it not blinking and he said it was on, but bugging him. Hmmmmm! What does that mean? Could it be something intermittent and when we went in, all was fine and everything was working.

I asked his audiologist if someone from Cochlear could come in and test the internal part of his implant. I also emailed an audiologist I know from Cochlear to see what she thinks. She used to be Elijah's audiologist before she went to work at Cochlear and we have known her a long time. I know I won't hear anything until later next week, but I feel better just sending the email.

Have any of y'all heard of someone else having this issue? I'll keep you all posted and hope we can get to the bottom of this.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Elijah's Skin Its Arrived!

We got Elijah's new processor in the mail today and his Skin Its! He was very excited. He has Superman on his right ear!

He has Batman on his left ear!

He is very excited to have them and I am glad we were home so I could sign for the new processor!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Break!

Today was the first day of our Christmas Break. The boys have off until Jan. 3rd and I go back on Jan. 2nd! I think we are all ready for the break. I am taking Elijah to the audiologist on Dec. 22nd because his right ear processor is "bugging him" as he puts it. We tried his back up processor and even got a new one in the mail and they all bug him at some point. Hoping we can get it all figured out. Jacob has a pediatrician visit to discuss ADHD meds and Elijah sees the psychiatrist the week after Christmas for a check up.

Of course, we will celebrate Christmas! My mom is coming in on Christmas Eve and then will drive to see my sister on Christmas Day. We are going to cook here at the house with my brother, his wife and their two kids. We will visit with my dad and his wife too! We will hopefully get some REST!

After two weeks off, I may be ready to go back to work! We shall see! Elijah had a great last two weeks at school before the break and Jacob is doing well too. Hoping they both like what Santa brings them this year. I hope you all enjoy your holiday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Skin It for Freedom and Nucleus 5 processors

I have been hearing people talk about the SKIN ITS for the Nucleus 5 processor for several weeks. I heard about them on Facebook and on some of the list serves I am on. I didn't really look to see what they were because Elijah has the Freedom processors. Well, now there are SKIN ITS for the Freedom processor, so I decided to take a look and see what all this was about. WOW, they are pretty cool. Elijah was very excited to see them. We looked at several choices and he finally decided on a SUPERMAN skin it and and a BATMAN skin it! I think that is appropriate for an eleven year old. I just ordered them and we both can't wait for them to come in!

If you or your child would like a SKIN IT use the code upromise20 to get 20% off until Dec. 23rd. I'll have to go back and look and see if they make them for hearing aids!

Oh and we are all ready for the Christmas break!!! I am ready for some sleep! I have a bit more shopping to do, but I am just about done!