Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Giveaway Contest: Medic Alert Bracelet by Michelle

November 8th, 2010 by Rachel

Cochlear Implant Online is excited to host another giveaway contest.  This time, it will be open to international readers!  Michelle at Custom Leather Jewelry by Michelle Verbeeck, a shop at, is generously offering one of her fashionable medic alert bracelets to give away.
All of us, cochlear implant users, should be wearing a medic alert bracelet or some form of medic alert jewelry as we cannot have an MRI scan and surgeons cannot use monopolar cautery, a surgical tool, in surgeries.  Rather being safe than sorry, it is a best to wear a medic alert jewelry piece so that whenever something happens to us, emergency officials can be aware of our issues.  However, I understand that many medic alert jewelry pieces are ugly and unfashionable, and I will admit that I refused to wear one during my teen years. Michelle is here to change this situation!  She wants to us to be safe and fashionable at the same time.  Her leather medic alert bracelets are absolutely trendy and would look great on both boys and girls, and men and women.
A winner will receive a bracelet that is either 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch or 1 1/2 inch wide cuff, a choice of leather color, a choice of metal, a buckle or snap closure, and of course, their own choice medic info on their bracelet.  She has a WIDE variety of choices of colors of leather:  black, chocolate brown, golden brown, red, mahogany, maroon, orange, blue, royal blue, purple, yellow, green, kelly green, navy blue, turquoise, and deep teal.  She also has a good selection of metals: brass, nickel, copper, or sterling silver.
How to enter:
  1. Visit Custom Leather Jewelry by Michelle Verbeeck at  Look around and buy something, if you can!
  2. Leave a comment telling which color of leather and metal you would choose for your bracelet!
  3. You can earn an extra entry by tweeting about this contest and make sure you include @CochlearImplant in your tweet.  Please add a comment if you tweeted about the contest.
  4. You can add another entry by blogging about this contest.  Please add a comment if you blogged about this contest.
  5. You can earn an extra entry by posting about this contest on Facebook.  Make sure you put @Cochlear Implant Online in the status and set the post to be seen by everyone.  Please add a comment if you posted on Facbeook.
The deadline for the contest is Monday, Nov. 15th at 5PM EST.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Yup, this child is deaf

I'm very slowly working on a video called "Yup, this child is deaf". It will, of course, feature Evan. I'm more and more amazed everyday that a child who was born deaf, can talk, listen, and understand like he does. I need to share his achievements with the world. I'm so proud of him.

I will warn you, it's going to take a while. I'm not procrastinating, i'm just very busy. As all of you other parents know, it's a full-time job, on top of your paying full-time job. And to top it off, he's hard to film because he likes to watch himself being filmed. Which means i have to flip the viewing window around for him. I have some footage already, but i want a lot more. Then i get to edit it together, which i've never done before.

Wish me luck!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nap time

Nap time is almost always a challenge. I suppose Evan is no different then any other child. Just now he decided to throw all his stuffed animals out of his crib. Then he asked for them all back, then one by one he threw them to the floor again. He finally asked for them again, and this time he decided they could stay with him.

Moral of this story: If your stuffed animals piss you off, just keep throwing them out of your bed till they decide to be nice.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I wish

I wish I knew what the world sounds like to Evan. I'm curious to know what it's like. I can't wait for the day when he explains to me what he's hearing.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dreaming of the Nucleus 5

It may seem odd to others that i dream about hearing technology. It doesn't seem odd to me. The Nucleus 5 from Cochlear makes me drool. One of the features of it that sold me is that it's water resistant up to 3 feet. Do you have any idea what that translates to? Evan can hear in the bath, in his little kiddy pool, and in a regular pool as long as he doesn't go deeper then 3 feet. There are so many other amazing features that make it so beneficial over his existing device, but the fact that they're water resistant is so amazing to me.

It may seem trivial to those with children who hear normally, but it's not to me. Bath time is fun, it's genuine, and it's important. For Evan, bath time is 100% quite.

By the way, I just received information from Cochlear on the Nucleus 5 today in the mail, that's why i'm excited all of a sudden. Be expecting future drooling posts as i read on. The information also included the trade up program prices. So i can say, with certainty, the Nucleus 5 will be out of reach for Evan for a long time. The dream will continue.
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"I want money"

Evan said to me last night "I want money". He knows what money is to an extent, well he knows that it buys toys. He's seen money laying around before, bills and coins. He doesn't understand denominations though, he's only 2, give him another year. He also know when i go to work i make money, which is used to buy toys. Don't get the wrong idea, my entire income does not go towards toys. I've simplified the idea of working so he would understand why "daddy has to leave".

So back to his original statement, "I want money". My reply to him was, "So do I".
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

You just don't look disabled

I wanted to share this. :)

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