I wasn't sure if I was going to tell this story publicly. In fact, I almost didn't take my camera yesterday. I often struggle to find the balance between fully experiencing a moment and desiring to preserve it. But this is such a huge moment in Ripley's life that I knew I would regret it if I didn't take at least a few (non-iPhone) photos. As it turned out, it was the perfect way to calm my nerves during a very long, emotional day. And I don't think I was less present as a result. With Ripley's permission I am sharing the photos from his cochlear implant surgery experience. We are at the very beginning of a long, exciting journey and I hope to share more as we move forward...
So many people helped to make this day possible for Ripley...way too many to list here. I'm completely overwhelmed with gratitude. We have so many amazing people in our lives right now and yesteday you all made us feel so loved when we truly needed it. So thank you for that. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Just a few thoughts before I get to the photos. This was in many ways harder than I expected. The waiting is brutal. It gives you way too much time to feel everything and think the best and worst of thoughts. And spending the day at a children's hospital with a healthy baby in tow gives you the kind of perspective that you can't get in any other way. I saw things I cannot unsee. My heart broke in a million pieces over and over and over.
And Ripley...man, he is such a tough kid! I knew he would obviously not feel great after the surgery, but his reaction to the anesthesia and his pain was worse than we were prepared for. But less than 24 hours later and he is comfortable and seems like himself again. It is unbelievable how quickly kids bounce back! I've never been more proud of him than I am right now. I love him more than I can fully express and I'm so excited for the new world this will open up for him. The best is yet to come!