The four “C’s”
Last Thursday I hightailed it over to the University of Pennsylvania to see my surgeon for my three-month check up to make sure I don’t have a runway implant floating around in my head. He said everything looks great and I have healed up quite nicely. I don’t know if I mentioned this at the time I had my surgery since I was under the influence of some pretty darn good prescription narcotics :) but my surgery took a little longer then normal because he had some issues threading all the electrode in. He said the possibility of an obstruction in the cochlea prevented him from going as deep as he normally does. Obviously, it is working for me so it is not an issue. I popped the question about getting my other ear done, going bilateral with implants. Cochlear implants that is. I would not have to go through all the tests that I went through with the first one but he warned me that dealing with the insurance company to pay for another one might be my battle this time. I just have to start the proceedings, which is another blog entirely.
For little such a little ring of whole grain goodness, it has a big crunch! I was talking to my friend who was snacking on dry Cheerios and the conversation went a little something like this.
“Abbie, (crunch) is Home Depot (crunch) or Lowes cheaper for (crunch) wallpaper?”
“I would say Lowes since Home Depot doesn’t carry wallpaper.” I said.
“(crunch) I thought they did. (crunch) Are you sure (crunch) they don’t?”
“Are you eating Cheerios?” I asked..
“What does that (crunch) have to do with Home Depot?” She crunched again!
“It doesn’t, but I can’t help but notice how loud the Cheerios are.”
“You can’t have any.” She pops a whole bunch in her mouth and proceeds to macerate them with her fangs.
“You know, Home Depot does carry wallpaper!” I smiled.
A few hours later, I get a nice text informing me that I’m a bleeping bleep for sending her on wild wallpaper chase.
My reply was: Cheerios! :)
Her reply: You bleep. Ahh, the love.
Deaf technology rocks my socks! My friend Joleen who lives right down the street from me showed me this nifty little gadget (by the way she is having her CI surgery on January 17, keeps you fingers crossed :) It is a phone for the deaf or hard of hearing with the biggest set of buttons that enables you to talk on the phone normally while reading almost real time captioning, word for word of what is being said on the other end of the phone. I was so amazed by the ease of how Joleen talked on the phone. She has the 2-Line Captel phone, one line is the regular house line and the second line is for the Captel operator. I requested to see if I could get one because I think this will really help me out at work. I hardly answer the phone because I have a hard time with understanding people on the phone. I remember when I first started working I had to learn how to use the phone, I answered phone call after call and I eventually got use to it. This is what I need to do now and this is the perfect thing to help me! The possibilities are endless!
Depending on what state you live in, you might be able to get it free. Here are the links to check it out
This site is to check out what your state has to offer as far as CapTel phones go (some states even free!)
Go check it out!! But after you read the rest of this post!
I had next to no clue what nails against the chalkboard sounds like but not anymore, I could never hear it. Most deaf people cannot hear it and I must say thank god for that because if what I heard today is anything close to that, I don't want to. I was always able to tell by the immediate cringe or the makeshift corking of the ear with the fingers while I sat happy as a clam twiddling my thumbs completely oblivious to the sound. My boss was pushing a baseboard heater across the floor and I am not sure what it came in contact with but it made one hell of a piercing sound that shuddered right throughout my entire body. I watched my boss stand there frozen in the famous “chalkboard” cringe. Ouchies. Word to the wise, metal on metal sounds are not the greatest sound in the world.
Heed my warning, keep a 100 yard distance from any welder!! It is just bound to sound no good!
PS: Good luck with your surgeries Sam, Amy, and Joleen! Ears are all sorts of crossed for you guys! :)