A weird pendulum effect

It’s nearly three weeks since my operation, and I’m feeling fine. It’s still another two weeks to go before my activation, or switch-on and, suffice to say, I’m counting the days.

The scar is healing OK, and the left side of my head isn’t so sore to touch anymore. My ear is still numb, but some feeling is beginning to return.

I can’t feel the implant so much anymore now that the tight stitches are long gone, although if I shake my head, I can. The weird thing is that body of the implant is clearly heavy enough to create a slight pendulum effect even though it’s firmly riveted into my skull (I hope). Hopefully that sensation will fade too.

I miss my left ear though. There wasn’t a whole lot of hearing left, but it was still of some use, particularly for environmental sounds and in terms of having ‘stereo’. Having to rely on one ear is tough, and as my family will readily concur, my fuse is shorter these days.

The 13th September can’t come soon enough.

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  1. Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Ohhh your activation is one day after mine – we’re going to be activation buddies! Although this is my 2nd activation. I remember I was so nervous. Excited too. But mainly nervous, and hoping the damn thing would actually work! Story here: http://funnyoldlife.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/spectacles-testicles-wallet-and-watch/

    I’m hoping to record this activation too, if I can locate my camcorder. This time, I’m just plain excited 🙂

    Best of luck, John!

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    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Tina! Thinking of recording my activation too. Could be interesting…. Now, where that’s camcorder my Dad bought me a couple years ago….

  3. Posted August 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi John,
    I love reading about others journeys with Cochlear Implants. I have been writing a blog since my triplets were born and I have journaled about my son’s journey to hearing and all his progress. He just celebreated his 4 year hearing anniversary and he is 5 years old. Thanks for sharing your blog on Hearingjourney.com.
    I recorded my sons activation and have watched it many times. It makes me cry every time. He had an amazing activation. He kept signing of more sound!
    Best of luck with your activation.
    What part of Ireland are you? My mother in law and her family are from Donegal. We have been there 5 times now (i think) I have been to almost every county at this point!

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    Posted September 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    HI Jennifer, thanks. I’m based in Celbridge, Co Kildare, but my folks hail from the northwest (Derry and Omagh) and i grew up in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

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