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Cochlear Implant Surgery Report

Posted Jul 21 2012 9:18pm
Warning...a photo with blood below...

Gwyneth's surgery went very well.  Took about 3 hours, and before they woke her up, they tested the device and took an x-ray to make sure it was positioned and working correctly.  It was an outpatient surgery, so we were at our hotel no more than two hours after the surgery ended.

Gwyneth always wakes up from anesthesia very grumpy (we've been told some people react this way).  She remained grumpy until she fell to sleep late that night.  She was feeling a little better on Friday morning.

Tricia spent Friday morning at Duke beginning the transplant evaluation process.  And, we were back home by 3:30 that day.  By bedtime last night, we had weened Gwyneth off the heavy pain meds and she was showing signs of "normalcy".  This morning, Gwyneth woke up feeling much better, and we were able to take her bandage off.  By bedtime tonight, she was full of energy and laughter...amazing how quickly she recovers.

We return next week for a post-op appointment to make sure everything is healing well.  In 3-4 weeks, we return again to activate the cochlear implant and run some tests to get it set up to best help her.  We are very excited!  Thank you for your prayers!

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