I thought I'd try something new. Since I am struggling with what to blog about lately, I thought that on Mondays I will post some pictures from the past with some memories that go along with it.
These pictures were taken in 2004. Jazzie was about 17 months old and we were in the very early stages of her getting used to her new cochlear implant. At the time she wore her processor in a harness on her back instead of behind her ear. In a few short years, cochlear implant technology has come very far.
For the first year after Jazzie was implanted, we had about 4-5 appointments every week. We used to go to Children's Hospital for speech therapy, aural rehabilitation and follow-ups with the ENT. Besides that, we had Early Intervention come to our home for speech therapy and we had visits from the Regional Infant Hearing Program. It was a crazy time, but looking back it was one of the best times. This was before Jazzie started at OVV full-time so it became my mission to do whatever I could to help Jazzie. I not only spent a lot of time driving her to and from appointments, but I also spent a lot of time with her in this playroom. Whatever the therapists did with Jazzie, I continued at home. Whatever book or toy they were using to get Jazzie to make sounds or say words, I would buy. Everything I did with Jazzie revolved around her learning to listen and speak. It was all done through play, but it was work.
Our playroom turned into our private therapy room. I knew that what I was doing was important and I was happy doing it. I never could have invested the time that I did had it not been for the fact that I did not work so I had the time to do this and we did not have any other kids in the home. I was able to focus 100% on Jazzie. I spent hours and hours with her in this room going over flash cards to teach her vocabulary since she only knew the signs and not the spoken words, playing auditory games and practicing her Ling 6 sounds. It was time consuming, repetitive and it took a lot of commitment, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I never once thought that Jazzie would not be successful with her cochlear implant; I was too determined. We saw improvement in her every week and it was so satisfying. To see our girl go from not hearing and speaking to being the girl she is now has been amazing.
She was and continues to be our SUPERSTAR.