Saturday, July 26, 2008

Not too scary looking

Aidan finally managed to pull the steristrips off of his incision today. So I got my first real look at what it looks like under there. Not as bad as I expected, but it does go up a little higher than I thought it would. Still a little swollen and it is bruised around the area. I think it is itching him just a bit as he keeps scratching at it.

Here are a few pictures of what it currently looks like:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Aidan's surgery

Aidan did pretty good for his surgery. He didn't come out of anesthesia happy at all, in fact, he cried for the first 5-6 hours off and on while trying to sleep. He is happy now and doesn't seem in too much pain. The incision isn't as big as I expected but it is a lot more swollen than I thought it would be. We have to go back for a checkup in 2 weeks I guess to make sure his body doesn't reject the implant. Then we will go back sometime in August, maybe beginning of September. I am going to add some pictures from the surgery so feel free to skip the last few that show the incision if you don't think you can handle a little blood.

In his hospital gown


Edward and Aidan sleeping after the surgery

Aidan is finally in a happy mood, but hates the bandage

Picture of the incision site, still covered with steristrips and will be until the fall off

You can kind of see how swollen that side of his head is

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Aidan's 1st year

I finally got around to making Aidan's video of his first year. It seems like it was just yesterday when I took these pictures. Time with a baby goes by way too fast, we all need to remember to slow down and enjoy this time, we will never get it back.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Almost time

The time for Aidan's surgery is fast approaching(6 more days)and I am getting so nervous. It is so hard to watch them take your baby while you have to sit in a waiting room and pray that everything goes okay. And then to see them lying helpless in the hospital crib is even worse. I was so sick to my stomach last time and that was just for a cat scan. We will be going down on Sunday after Edward gets off work at 2pm and will hopefully be on our way back home by Tuesday afternoon. I will try and update everyone as I can but that all depends on if we have internet service there. Otherwise I will get my sister to update everyone.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Aidan!

I can't believe he is one already, time has gone by so fast.
12 mth stats:20 lbs 2 oz29.5"
He can sign eat, understands milk, mommy, daddy, and sleep. He can clap, wave bye bye, cruises the furniture, but is still afraid to let go and walk-maybe in a few months. No teeth for him yet-but I can see the 4 top ones under the gums.
He will be having his surgery on the 21st, so 9 more days.

Friday, July 11, 2008

All about Aidan

Hi, I am Cassie. I am the mom of 2 boys with a 3rd boy on the way. Our soon to be middle child is Aidan, he will be one on July 12, 2008(tommorow!) Aidan was born with Auditory Neuropathy--a type of hearing loss that affects the nerves in the ears. After many tests he was diagnosed as having severe to profound hearing loss in both ears. He has never heard sound.

Aidan will be having surgery on July 21, 2008 to get a cochlear implant. Insurance only covers him getting one implant, so if it is fully successful, then we have a chance of him having 100% hearing in one ear--so an overal 50% hearing. But, it isn't likely to be 100% in one ear, probably more like 80%, could be worse, could be better, let's hope for better. We are hoping to get his other ear implanted within the next 2 years. Only downside? It is a 30, 000$ surgery, one in which we have no hopes of being able to pay for. But something that we would really like to have done so that he can gain more overall hearing and have a bigger chance at success--success in school, success in life.