2013 was a tough year for Team Isham. Fiona Kate was born on May 1st, just over 7 months ago. On May 2nd, she failed her newborn hearing screening. Two retests later, our fears were confirmed: Fiona was profoundly deaf. Eliza and I were devastated.
On June 9th I started this blog, now knowing much what to expect. Eliza and myself can sometimes be private people, but we just didn’t know how to cope. It was too much, and we needed to talk to people. The blog seemed the right balance to me – share info with those who wanted to follow, without depressing those who didn’t. I thought maybe 10 people would follow.
The response was, in one word, astounding.
Its almost become cliche to say “we have a great family”, “we have great friends”. Everyone does these days it seems, but in our case it really is true. The amount of support we’ve received has been mind boggling. We didn’t know what to expect, but I’ll tell you this wasn’t it. We expected a few cards and some polite “i’m sorry to hear that”, but that was it. How wrong we were – the continued involvement and response to this blog has been heartening and empowering.
Even today, over 6 months later, we continue to receive complements, support, and encouragement. And boy have we come a long way. If you get a moment, reread that first blog. Its a strange time warp for me. We have come so long in such a short amount of time.
It still sucks and we’ll probably never stop saying “what if”, but we’re in a much better place now. It’s not so bad, we got this.
2014 will be a much better year. Fiona’s first Cochlear Implant surgery is March 7th, just over 2 months away. Her activation will be a few weeks after that. This will be the first sound she will ever hear – ALL BEFORE HER FIRST BIRTHDAY!
Eliza and I thank everyone for sharing this journey and being, well…awesome. It means more to us then you’ll ever know. Hopefully this blog has been uplifting and maybe you learn a thing or two along the way.
Fiona’s journey is far from done. Thanks for sticking it out…