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Eight years and counting! Amazing.

February 2007
February 2007

Today, I mark the eighth anniversary of my Cochlear Implant.  Life couldn’t have been better than it has been in the last eight years. It’s amazing how well technology has come in less than ten years ago, when a decision was made to go from hearing aids to bionic technology, aka a Cochlear Implant.

amtraktrip-1.jpgWhere would I have been today – if I hadn’t chosen to get a Cochlear Implant back in 2007? Just a reminder to all, this anniversary date was for the day I had my surgery in 2007, the actually activation date took place two weeks later around the week of the 20th-22nd.

I’ll likely write-up a more detailed blog on the day my activation took place – even though, I’ve written about it several times through the years, but this time is likely to be more detail – perhaps, I might just make that into a small video on my YouTube Channel? We shall see?

Only God knows that answer, but the cards on the table were turned over on the stakes of gambling with life. A chance I took became an opportunity of life and a gamble that won on the merits of a jackpot of sorts, it seems to feel that way from the beginning, but the truth and honestly lies in the heart and soul.

I couldn’t have been happier today, than, I have been since that fateful day of my own infamy took place – I go under the knife and my whole world changes dramatically, that family and friends all have acknowledged that the transformation I took from the past life of thirty-nine years to heart and soul of eight years into a post era that for changed the lives of those I known my entire life comes to a crying stone and tears streamed into memories of the past as the future wanes forward into the twenty-first century.

It was a good choice and a wise one to begin with.

Christmas Magic – Finally?

Every since, I wrote my last blog article – something out of the Christmas blue took a 360 degree turnaround for a the better, rather than the ugly world of – “see, I told you sooo,” mentality! Now, just how the hell that happen? I dunno? But, I’d never expected it to happen in the first place – even though, when I went up for last mapping on my refurbished speech processor for Cochlear Implant last week in Portland, it didn’t seem like it was going to happen from the start, as Me and my Audiologist both thought, “this was a done deal – ain’t gonna happen bro!”

So back to “Trackcity, USA,” I go…

Nucleus 6 Sound Processor
Nucleus 6 Sound Processor

Well, guess it happened – literally! Another mission from “heaven”. That’s what likely threw me on the curve for the last week and half, thinking I was under the “George Bailey curse” of thoughtful thinking?

So here’s the news folks – I’m getting the Nucleus 6 Processor upgrade after all – “hooha!!”

Somehow, I still want to know how the game plan all changed with all these strange turn of events, that had me plagued with some doubting suspense right from the start and more?

Ultimately, I was ambushed! Not, by warfare, hacking or the silliness of some YouTube dogchow named, Greg Benson! Gotta love Greg’s YouTube channel Medicore Films – but, that’s not why I was ambushed to being with – I’m well, literally “ambushed, ambushed, ambushed!” Ok, not time to call in the cavalry or General George Custer to the rescue – not, just yet.

What’s really weird about this entire ordeal is that it’s nearly Christmas and it’s, “the most wonderful time of the year,” as they say – ironically, it’s still a long walk back to “Bedford Falls,” the home of ole George Bailey and I think I’ve found my way back in the snow drifts that seem to keep popping up outta nowhere!

Now, that I’ve gotten the good news, that I’m actually getting my hands and feet wet on a spanking brand new Nucleus 6 Processor and an assortment of goodies along with it, “Chapter 2” of my Cochlear Implant journey is about to begin before the start of the New Year – now, how good is that for a Christmas Present from the Heavens!

As should say – “let the games begin! and bring on the Christmas magic of the season!”

An inquiring mind–the public

Last night, I had a chance to sit down in a local restaurant and do some computer work on my laptop. While, I was there, a women walked up to me, as I was having a Yahoo chat with my brother – she started becoming an inquiring mind about my Cochlear Implant.

She told me she had never seen one up close, but and “Live” on a person wearing one.

It was an astounding moment cold blooded in and out of the spurn moment to inquire about the “bionic technology”, also known as a Cochlear Implant or “CI”.

Who ever said, “it’s the girl magnet?”. I often wonder how that little magical bastard works it’s magical strength!

My late Grandfather would probably have a fit at his old spanky age, if he were here today, thinking a $100K dollar surgery was the scam of a lifetime!

Holy cow Batman, the “Boy Wonder” of technology has won again! I clutch my teeth, make a frown face and shrug my shoulders upward, thinking – holy Toledo and thinking I’ve won the jackpot in the Oregon Lottery!

Well, it certainly isn’t Ohio, but, your right, we’re in Oregon and I can’t put the blame game on Charlie and his tuna fish. So, what can I say?

The impromptu girl magnet is working its magical wonders of the world. And, it’s a priceless decision on my part from four years earlier when I decided this was the chance of a lifetime.

I was probably right too, right?

I get so intrigued by those spur of the moment visits from the public these days, I’d would be a total stranger to the universe, than wearing, the “Superman or Batman” costume around town.

Makes sense huh? I thought so, indeed. I would be glad if some of you readers agree than watching a complete marathon run of Fox-TV’s “COPS”.

I was grateful that she took the time to stop by my table once again before she left and asked a few more questions. I’m always open to talking publically to those whom are a complete stranger and it becomes an conversation start to begin with.

As a writer and blogger, this is something that gets people to talk about at the coffee table, with family and friends and also complete strangers sitting next to you and more.

It’s not easy being an almost “public figure” to the “John Q” public, but its good public relations on educating the public about the Cochlear technology and one’s life story from start to finish with one’s life with a hearing loss.

Perhaps, this it the time of my life (no, not the song) where life really begins with a bang at be the public figure in your own way. Just how does Cochlear do it?

Like, I said, earlier in this post – “it’s the silly ol’ bastards way of getting the girl magnet” to work its charm!.

Now that’s the wrap with technology – go figures!

Fours years later and still going strong!

It’s been four years since, I had my Cochlear Implant, implanted in my right ear. Life has been a changing world – every since. The sounds of nature have been heard as, if, I never lost sight of its natural sounds and calling as a young child, who became profoundly deaf at age three.

Life has become a shadow of the past as the future spins forward and onward into the greater reins of the hearing world. I only wonder what my life would’ve been, if I hadn’t made that decision to have a life altering decision to restore my own hearing in 2007.

The past was getting old in a way, but, it wasn’t gaining as much momentum as it did, when I was younger. It became challenging – more challenging, than I had envisioned in my own dreams. My own faith was my given trust in my own decision making process. But, it was a bold enough decision, that has become my living history.

Four years ago, I had shed thirty nine years of profound deafness for a merrier encounter with the mechanics of a bionic ear. It reminded me of the days of my child, when the television show, “The Six Million Dollar Man,” was the most popular show on TV in the 70’s – it became my life own version of the series, when my activation was enabled two weeks later, after my surgery took place.

The rest is history as life continues into the 21st Century. It would be interesting, to see where it leads me now as I reach into my upper 40’s and into my 50’s. I had only wished there was one miracle and visionary accomplishment that would’ve made my life complete in a way – I would have never forgotten.

Those relatives that have passed on, would’ve been amazed at how technology today, makes one’s life more merrier than it was from the beginning.

It was my grandfather’s dream. A reality he was never able to see after he passed away. But, I’m sure he stood proud enough to see me make a tough decision without him. I was capable of handling one of my own.

It was priceless.

Where does life go from here?

I was thinking, it’s been almost four year’s since, the day, I walked out of the Eugene Hearing and Speech Center thinking – “why,” am, I about to get myself into some serious trouble?

It wasn’t until two weeks later or so, I did the same thing again – this time, I walked out of the Audiology Department of the Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland, thinking, “Dude, your seriously getting your butt into some serious trouble medical technology!”

I had thought so, while riding shotgun on the way home with my mother, who had went up with me to see the surgeon and finish the rest of my evaluation with my Cochlear Implant candidacy – to may amazement at the time in 2007, I wasn’t too sure if this was a real good choice to make? But, it’s been nearly four years since the day I came home wondering what my world would be life in the hearing world – once again?

I was about to find out three months later after getting bumped up from surgery to surgery cancellation and finally making it happen at in the early morning hours of February 7th, 2007.

Life was totally different at the time – after enduring almost forty years of profound deafness, many of my childhood friends I had graduated from high school with were in total support of my decision. It wasn’t until my twenty-five year class reunion that everyone that went to the reunion had seen the enormous chances in our lives, but many teared up as much as I did in my first days of activation.

I almost didn’t handle the battle – but, I stood strong and went along with the flow. I knew, if I wanted to, I could have pulled the plug on the surgery, before, I even went into surgery. As, I look back at the events that took place four years ago, I still wonder today, if I still made the right decision, myself?

I know there is no turning back the clock and redrawing the course of history and the events of life have already been written from the start of my decision. Perhaps, that is what the course of life was about? – making the “right” decision, when you felt the decision could have been made at the wrong time and place, but, you later realize it may have been the best decision you’ve ever made in life.

Perhaps, that’s why I’ve been hearing the “silver bells” ring in my ears these past few days? Coincidence? Who knows more likely a celebration of sorts from my brain telling me – “Jeffery – your a complete idiot for ruining my life with your bionic ear!”

Well, here’s my answer – “Houston we have a problem!” I’m stuck with it for life. Exactly.

Why is it, that I have become so profound of the technology after four years on the lam with one Cochlear Implant? Perhaps, it’s what god had planned for me to do and experience in life before I decide later in life to get a bi-lateral implant? However, I’m surviving pretty darn well with one and have not put my hearing aid back on in my left ear full time – only when I get the urge to stimulate the ear to keep it going with whatever residual hearing I have left in that ear alone.

I recently had a chance to experiment to see if I was able to hear any residual hearing in my right ear after four years with my current implant? So, far after going shooting with some family members, I was able to still hear the sounds of a gunshot with my whatever hearing I had left in my left year – but, my right ear, was completely gone, unless I had the speech processor turned on and the magnetic receiver attached to my implant above my right ear.

Its amazing on how technology work its magic and it’s wonders of the world. As, I write this blog post, I’m still thinking about the day I came out of surgery and the first words my late grandmother Adela said to me, when I came home from the hospital – “can you hear now?” as she said, while laying down on her couch across the street from my own house, she had brought smiles to me face when she asked me that question.

But, as I think of it now – I truly believe I made the right decision to have my Cochlear Implant surgery after all. Perhaps, it was calling card from heaven with a few helping hands along the way of those family members that have past on before, my grandfather especially. He was the one that started the dream, the dream he had never been able to see, but likely he was able to see it from heaven, as well as my aunt and uncle.

Fours year’s is a long time, but, not as long as it seems in the forty-two years since age three, when I began the ordeal in 1968, when history changed the course of my life and that of my family. It’s truly a gift to hear with amazing technology that has come a long way to help many with severe to profound hearing loss.

My grandfather would’ve had the biggest fit of his life, if he had seen that I was able to do the impossible with life – to hear again in the hearing world.

Perhaps, it was his “gift from heaven?” His dream was fulfilled with the joys of life that he hadn’t been able to see before he passed on. I can only admit – he’d think, “the boss” as he used to call me, was crazy enough to take on a decision like this without conversing with if this is what he wanted. I’m pretty sure, heaven was right along.

“…And it was as priceless as it can get – heaven can wait.”