ah is that the best thing or what when you get to sleep in your own bed again? :) Tim and I went to Portland, on Monday. then i had 4 Dr. appointments on Tuesday at the Health and science university then we drove home yesterday and so several days without enough sleep is enough to make you want to go to bed (NOW) which since its the middle of the afternoon is a really bad idea. :) so Monday night when we got there we decided we'd try walking from the hotel to the hospital. Bad idea, its at the top of a hill. there is no sidewalk, about half way up there. there is even no where to walk on the side of the road, the guard rails are right up against the pavement. So, we didn't set sight of it until Tuesday am. The truck was too tall to even go into the parking garage, ( someone had told me they had over sized parking on the bottom floor, but they have some parking near where cars try to enter the garage so, we ended up parked there. the first appointment was hearing and devices evaluations. so, after a few tests they reached the conclusion that the type of loss i have is almost total and not much different between ears nor between noises or vibrations. so the cochlear implant i will receive is an "bionic" under the skin kind. which heals and becomes use able alot faster then the other that is embedded into the skull. so, in as little as a month i could have the surgery ( its not scheduled yet) and two weeks after that i would go back for the outside processor and (everything else) to hear again. If the surgery happens that fast i have about one week to decide which implant co.'s products i want. ( there are two, I'm not sure I really understand the technical parts of the differences between them or not yet) haven't really had time to read everything yet either. have looked at all the photos though. smile. basically i have to tell them 3 weeks in advance what i want so they can get it made for me. So, then after spending the morning doing this things then we went and i had a CT scan ( we got there early and it was done right away) then we waited, and we waited and we waited some more, finally about an hour after the appointment for the MRI was supposed to have started i asked at the desk when i would start as i had an appointment to meet the surgeon at 3 pm. some one says oh maybe 30 minutes from now and the test will take 45-1 hour to do... (so, then that lady calls the surgeons office and they say oh well if you miss the appointment i guess you can re-schedule) ack! so, this lady gets on the phone and they send me to get the MRI in a different part of the hospital where they have these patients all lined up in their hospital beds in the hallway and they put me in front of all of them i felt really bad for these people who were waiting, but the gist of it turned out to be about only 5 minutes late so i ended up only 15 minutes late and the surgeon waited. whew so, that was a relief. so, i have this huge list of things to get done soon, Meningitis Vaccination tops the list, and so on and so on. I have opened all the Mail that has arrived, and I have a pile of Birthday cards, I want to photograph them and get the thank-you's underway but, it could be a few days. and so, its just really great to be Home again.