Wednesday 23 December 2015

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW Week 342

Hi Everyone,

It's a bit hectic here at Chez Worthington, as I've no doubt it is for you all, but it would never do for me to miss the last WOYWW before Christmas. I'm not sharing my desk today - you really wouldn't want to see the mess it's in - but I have quite another desk to show you instead.
The piece of technology on this desk has made this Christmas the best ever for my family. It's my daughter's Cochlear Implant Processor which was officially switched on yesterday morning at the Scottish Cochlear Implant Clinic, Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock and I can't thank the team enough. Not only have they made this the most wonderful Christmas ever for my Juli, but they have made my entire year ... I really couldn't ask for more than the chance for Juli to hear better.
Here she is wearing the processor - it's attached to a magnet which is just under her scalp. She underwent the operation to have the Cochlear Implant fitted a month ago and we have all been waiting in anxious anticipation for the switch on yesterday. Although it is going to take some time, and many more visits to the clinic, Juli is already hearing new sounds. Here is what she had to report just a few hours after the switch on.

' When I got home, first I make myself a cup of tea, I heard I make noise with teaspoon in cup. Then heard Graeme (her husband) walking on wooden floor. It's a strange noise. It's slowly picking up.'

Simple, everyday noises and ones we in the hearing community take for granted, and even filters out most of the time, but to Juli they are a miracle of sound.

Here is a link to a video of Juli and the technician during the tuning session - just a snatch of it as it the whole procedure took more than four hours! In the background you can also hear the voice of the sign language interpreter explaining to Juli what the technician is saying. Oh, and there is a fleeting appearance of yours truly and the EM in the background too.


Ending on an all time high here's my Christmas Card to you all:

Have a wonderful holiday everyone.


Kathyk said...

A brilliant Christmas gift, of technology, that the whole family will enjoy

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, your family and your readers


Annie said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I'm still buzzing for you and your's such wonderful news. I'm sorry to say that the video isn't available for us to watch through the link :-(.....but I can well imagine the excitement.
Wishing you the best of Christmases [although I'm certain it's already happened for you all] and here's hoping 2016 brings you all you wish for yourselves.
Annie x #16

Anne said...

A wonderful present indeed Elizabeth. Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas. Anne x #27

Monica said...

Wonderful, this time last year i finally lost my hearing and thanks to Phonak aids i hear. Know how she feels. Best wishes for the future. Monica 39

Sharon said...

Congratulations to Juli! What a wonderful time for her

Di said...

The very best Christmas present EVER!

Lots of love and hugs for a very Merry Christmas!

Di xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It seems since FOREVER since I visited you. I'm running behind, but that's what I've done for the past month, or so it seems. Looks like you got the best Christmas gift ever. Well, maybe next to Juli, that is. Such great news.

I hope you have a merry, safe Christmas, filled with good health, happiness, and love. Happy slightly belated WOYWW to you, Bonnie, and your family, and happy holidays from Bleubeard, Squiggles, and #2.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, how wonderful...that's made me a bit weepy to think of how Juli is going to experience her life. Best Christmas news yet!! Sending love and good wishes to you and Alan, have a really lovely time :-)
Hugs, LLJ 11 xx

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Elizabeth, what a truly wonderful Christmas gift for all of you. Isn't it incredible what medicine can do today? Hope you and yours have a lovely, Happy, Peaceful Christmas and Wonderful 2016. Love & Hugs from us both, Shaz #8.xx

LesleyG said...

Merry Christmas xxx