Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Sunday, March 24, 2013


I just paid $2824 for a two year service agreement plus loss damage coverage for two Freedom processors. I saved $314 by paying for two years rather than paying $1500 for one year for both Freedoms. Elijah has NEVER lost a processor, but as they say never say never. We do get good use our of the service agreement. In the last three months alone we have replaced three coils and two controllers. Hopefully in two years we can upgrade Elijah to the N5 processors. His Freedoms will be five years old by then and most insurance companies will pay for upgrades every five years. When will trade in his older Freedoms that stay in a drawer and are not under a service agreement. If he is able to upgrade to the N5, these will have a three year service agreement and loss/damage. There may even be a new processor in two years.

There is no price that I would not pay for Elijah to hear. I am amazed at the technology and what he has accomplished. At least I can write it off on my income taxes under medical when I file my 2013 income taxes!

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