Saturday, August 25, 2007

A time to plant, and a time to get implanted.

I believe last year around this time I was hiking at about 1,100 feet in the Appalachian Mountains. I distinctly remember discovering this massive clearing full of wild flowers and exotic looking butterflies flitting all over the flora. Beyond the wild garden was the steepest valley covered with the dark green trees tops. It was the perfect backdrop to the organic activity in the garden. The valley was illuminated by bright clear blue sky with the afternoon sun beaming above. The moment was perfect, almost phantasmagoric. One I could never forget because yours truly who is normally a camera happy citizen was so overwhelmed I forgot to put down my bear mace down to snap a flick. Doh!

365 days later, I opted not to become one with nature, but with technology. I am shacking up in the lovely achromatic operating room held at knife point by the man in white. The good doctor will wriggle the implant deep into the very bowels of my inner ear. Once in, reinforcements are called in to make sure everything is up to par. Then he will do some fancy blanket stitch to prevent everything that I got up there from oozing out. Instead of discovering plants, I'm the one getting planted. On the bright side, I won't need fertilizer.

All of this will be starting at my arrival at 8:15 Monday morning. Something tells me I am not going to bright eyed and bushy tailed for this venue.


Jennifer said...

Abbie, I have been thinking about you a lot today. I'm so excited for you!
Before I had my CI surgery, Joyce told me to eat a big bowl of ice cream for luck, so I obligingly downed a huge waffle cone with Ben & Jerry's Bananas on the Rum. I pass that wisdom on to you. Go thou and do likewise ;).
Seriously, I'll be thinking a lot about you...drop us a line, or at least have someone text me (931)505-0438 and let me know how you're doing!! (((HUGS)))

Cindy said...


Along with many others, I will be anxiously waiting to hear how you're doing. Many multitudes of thoughts and prayers go with you to this exciting event.

I'm so happy for you!


vallee said...

I'm so excited for you. I just had cochlear implant surgery at 6 am on the 19th of July. they were activated on the 10th of August and that is now my new "birthday." I would have done this 20 years ago. It made a complete differences in my life the first day.

After surgery I ate chocolate pudding for 2 days. It was worth all the time, energy and pain for what I have now.

Enjoy the recovery and take it slow. Activation will exceed your wildest dreams.