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#1 of 37 Old 07-06-2003, 01:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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She can hear!!!

We drove up to Children's Hospital in Seattle on Tuesday and our lives are changed forever. By the time she got the aids, she was completely exhausted (no nap that day). When the audiologist first turned them on, V's eyes got wide. Mike and I got very excited and started talking (loudly, excitedly). It tripped her out and she stated crying. Then her crying scared her, so she started screaming bloody murder. It was awful, simply awful. She was so afriad, she took my hand and put it on her ear to try and stop the noise.

She had them on for about five minutes. We left and hoped that she take to wearing them for a couple of minutes a day--slowly building up our time. They like to have them wearing the hearing aids full time in about three weeks, if possible. After the first reaction, I hoped that we would have them full time in three months time.

She slept on the way home and we had dinner right away. After dinner I got the hearing aids out and she seemed very interested. I asked to put them in and she said okay. We kept our voices down. She became immediately excited. I went and got her recorder and played softly. Her little eyes got big and she ran to get her tamborine. She was playing and dancing and laughing--going from loud toy to loud toy banging it and shouting with glee! Zoe made a cooing sound (from the other room!) and V ran to her and said, "Shhh! Loud!" Mike whispered "I love you!" as we left to see her Grandma and cousins. She didn't see him say it--she said "I love you" without even turning around!

In the car, I turned the music on (Indigo Girls for a rocking good time). She threw her hands up in glee and danced in her seat. She sang (in tune!) all the way to grandma's house. I also played the Moulin Rouge soundtrack--LOL--there are so many good songs with a strong beat. She was loving it. She would say "Yea!!!!!!" and point to her ears. "Hear!" "Hear!" she said.

That night she wore them for four hours straight. The next day she wore them all but for her nap--and its been the same ever since. She sometimes asks to take them out. Sometimes we do, but mostly we say, "five more minutes..." and she is fine with that. The first thing she does in the morning is ask for her aids. At night it is hard for her to take them out.

The TV isn't blaring anymore, we are not shouting. She is listening to me in the store (and in general) and we only had one temper tantrum--because she still doesn't understand that we have to buy something before we open it. It is amazing.

Our neighbor and friend is an opera singer. She was rehearsing the other day (across the alley). Violet looked toward the house and pointed. "That's Karen singing!" I said. "Oh! Pretty!" she replied.

I can't believe how much they help her. I can't believe how much the difference is--how we've been fighting this battle for so long without even knowing how hard it is. We've been working at 75% capacity--now we are full speed ahead!

She is making sounds she had a very difficult time making before-or had never made before: P, S, T, K, H. It's amazing.

Just had to share! Thanks to all of you for your very kind encouragement.


You can see Miss V with her new hearing aids at:
www.picturetrail.com/indiegirl in the first album.
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SO glad i saw your post... amazing news, your words made me cry. i am so happy for violet & your family. keep us updated, please!

(loved the pics of violet w/ her hair straightened- how long did that take? your kids are gorgeous!)


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I'm so happy for you both.
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I am so happy for her I am crying.
your post just touched my heart so much.

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Hooray for Violet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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That's so wonderful to hear!
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that's the best story i have read in a LOOOOOOONG time.
yay violet!
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yeah violet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh that is so wonderful! My eyes are overflowing with tears of joy for Violet and for you!

Thank you so much for sharing, that was the best thing I've read in so long!

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Oh Jesse that's the best story I've read in a loooong time!

Congratulations to all of you. I can only imagine the life that opens up for Violet right now!!
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Thanks for the update! You made me cry with happiness. I have been thinking about you and wondering how things were!

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Okay I'm crying! How awesome! That is just so great. I'm so happy for Violet, and for your family.

(((Hugs))) to all of you.

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Wonderful, uplifting story. Thanks for sharing!



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Ok, you got me.



Yay Indie Family!! Yay Violet!!

I'm so happy for you all.





Edited to say...I wish we had a smily crying guy.
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Add another crying person to the list!

What wonderful news! My heart just filled up imagining how she felt hearing all these things so well for the first time.
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How wonderful! ((((Hugs))))
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I'm so happy for your guys, I have tears in my eyes. That is so wonderful!!
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How wonderful for all of you! I've been following your journey with Violet's hearing, and I'm so happy that her world (and your whole family's world!) has opened up in such a beautiful way.
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Oh, geez, you've got me going with the tears too. That was indescribably beautiful. I'm so very, very happy for Violet and for all of you -- what a blessing!

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Jesse, I've been following Violet's story with great interest and hope. Now I'm typing through my tears, thinking of how far you've come. Yeay, Violet!! Yeay, Jesse!! Thank you for sharing your joy with us.
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Thanks so much for the wonderful update! I am so happy for Violet and all of you!

I did look at the pictures....The one of Violet "using" the breast pump is just precious.

And I must add, you were a beautiful bride! your flowers were awesome!
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what a beautiful story! thank you for sharing it with us, and congratulations on your new lease on life!! Hooray for Violet!!!


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Violet is so beautiful!!!!
I've just seen the pictures, those golden curls are too much. Your story made me cry! I'm so happy for her (and for you of course!) Very moving story, really

... and Zoe Star, well that baby is also beautiful. Very, very nice pictures.

Congratulations!!!!


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I am so happy for you guys! That must be a huge adjustment for her, to lern to sort out sounds and such. Sounds like you guys are handling it with alot of compassion.

Slightly off topic, but those pics are gorgeous! How is your photography business going? I have seen studio pics for hundreds of dollars that were not even half as lovely!

Take care, glad you little girl is making so much progress!

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I am so happy for you guys! That must be a huge adjustment for her, to lern to sort out sounds and such. Sounds like you guys are handling it with alot of compassion.

Slightly off topic, but those pics are gorgeous! How is your photography business going? I have seen studio pics for hundreds of dollars that were not even half as lovely!
Thanks for all of the kudos on the photography! The biz is going well but slow--which is okay because I am also starting a Theatre Conservatory and my time is divided. I just did a sitting tonight and a couple of my pics might be published soon. I'll let you know!

OHHHH another cool thing!

I was interviewed for the newspaper the other day (about the Conservatory) and the reporter was more interested in Violet's story than the Conservatory! She asked to meet V and is going to do a story on her. She spent about an hour and a half with us. They are using some of my photography in the paper, too. I'll post a link it TAO or here for y'all to see it!

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I don't normally even come in this room but I saw the thread on the new posts and I had to read.

My day was pretty depressing...but I find myself sitting here (unable to sleep) with a smile on my face!

I am so happy for your family! It is amazing what I take for granted.....

Anyway...YAY FoR VIOLET!!!

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Jesse & Violet~

I am so proud and excited for you both! you two are amazing girls! Can't wait to see and read the story.

Much Love & Hugs~

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OMG I am crying for you!! This is wonderful!! A whole new world has opened up for your Violet!! I am so happy for you!!
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Indiegirl,

Wow. This is such a tender story and I am not surprised that the Reporter would like to tell Violet's story.
I know I burst into tears reading your story.
thank god Husband and son are out.
I'm not up for explaining my tears..if you know what I mean.

I only have one note. It was totally by accident that I even ended up on this forum. Can you find your old thread where you posted the original posting and put a little link to this thread. I think there might be some people who have missed your update.

this is a wondeful news report on mdc.

congrats.

and now you can be made sick to death of singing The Wheels on The Bus like the rest of us... AGAIN! AGAIN! AGAIN!

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trabot--I didn't get a reply that you had posted to this thread--sorry it took me so long to respond. I'll find the link now, if I can!

Thanks, mamas for your kind, kind words. I'll post an update later.
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