Just got a call from the CI coordinator at Children's and they have set up his next three candidacy appointments on Monday and Tuesday of next week - I had no idea things would move so quickly!
Monday he has an Auditory Skills Evaluation, then on Tuesday an aided and unaided audio appointment, followed by a meeting with the surgeon.
Yes, the team has to meet and approve Tate, but we're meeting the surgeon!
Also, good news, sounds like Tate's insurance will (not guaranteed, but very likely) cover ONE implant. If he/we want to go bilateral later, well... we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. But at least for now that's not a worry.
Yes, there are still expenses. I can hardly bring myself to think of the miles (and gas!) we're going to be burning, up and down the freeway... but I imagine Tate, hearing better, and can't help but get excited. Maybe even sporting one of these...
... a swimmable processor! Who knew? And what will the next twenty years bring?