A Month Later

by Rebecca J on 2012-11-10

One month ago today, my cochlear implant was put into my right ear. Has it really been a month already? In some ways it feels like a lifetime ago, and in some ways, it feels like just yesterday. We didnʼt do much to recognize this milestone, but perhaps we should have.

Iʼm feeling almost 100% better (except for a teeny bit of dizziness if I sit up too quickly). My incision is healed, so I was able to get a long-overdue haircut this afternoon.

And tonight, I realized that for the first time in my life, I can clearly hear the “s” sound in words. It was so unexpected that I didnʼt recognize what was happening until I slowed down and truly listened. This must be the beginning of the miracle, evident only in recognizing the smallest changes in what Iʼm hearing but evident all the same. I expect to have more of those minor miracles in the coming days and weeks until I will look back over my progress and realize that the complete and majestic miracle has unfolded slowly but surely.