Sunday, October 30, 2011


Just a few thoughts since it's been over a week since I blogged:

I survived week 1 of bookfair and it went really well.
I forgot to get change.
These kids are bringing real money...not just the baggies of pennies my old group did.
Did I mention I need change?
I'll be open 6:30-6:30 on Thursday....I think I may be crazy.

We went camping with Yogi this weekend.
We had tons of fun.
I love the bed-warmers in our camper.
I'm glad we remembered the heater this time.

I had a thought (deep)....if hearing loss is often noise-induced, isn't hearing aid use like a self-fulfilling just cranks it right up there and knocks out more hair cells.
My appologies to the guy at is nothing wrong with the order's me. I just can't give up my happy hour just cause I'm deaf and the kid isn't with me to translate.
17 days till surgery.....37 till activation. Yea!!!

Last night at Yogi, I had a Zombie Chef.
Tomorrow he's going to be a mad scientist.
For a kid that is afraid of scary, we are doing an awful lot of Halloween.
Wonder how much candy I can swipe. ;)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Getting closer

Another week done. This really wasn't a hard week but I'm wiped out anyway. My bookfair comes on Monday so maybe my tiredness is anticipation of the exhaustion that the next 2 weeks will bring. Bookfair is fun, incredible, amazing...and exhausting. The kids love it! That's the best part....that and getting "free" books from all that work....sweat equity. ;) I'm probably crazy but I plan to let the kids check out library books AND do their wishlists during class next week. It's gonna be busy.

I printed the Bionic Buddy book today from the Advanced Bionics website. I'm going to read it to my kids the week after bookfair and tell them that I'm going to go get an implant like Buddy so I can understand them when they ask for things. I'm thinking I'll send home a page explaining what we talked about so that parents will know, too.

Sometimes I think "I can hear so much stuff....why do I need this" and then little Glen asked me for Calvin and Hobbes....and it took 5 tries with 3 different voices....and I got it....but I admit it was just a guess. Yes.....I DO need this.

"I want a book about ____________". Andy commented a couple of weeks ago....."you get everything but the important word".....the thing is.....the important word isn't guessable. Other things....grammar, syntax, sentence flow....those are's the important thing that is illusive. "I want a book about".....well....that's my world. The WHAT it's about is the part that could be anything....dinosaurs, football, flowers, Pokemon, Guinea Pigs, Helen Keller, cooking, zombies, presidents, cats, UFOs,......the possibilities are endless.

I've decided to take off the day AFTER activation...and go experience sound. I know this thing, no matter how well it works, is going to be emotional.....and I'd like to get a few "what was THAT?!? experiences over with unwatched. I plan to go to the park and see if I can experience birds, leaves, footsteps, tennis balls. I plan to go to the mall and experience heels (not on me!), background music, people. I might treat myself to Rosa's and see if tortilla chips sound as nasty as they did with hearing aids.....I hated hearing myself chew. I might even go see Breaking Dawn and see if vampires still mumble. I'd probably need to try Sonic, too....or Taco Casa....and see if drivethru's are as bad an experience as they are now....I sure hope it's better. A trip to 6 Flags will be in order soon, hear the joyful screams. ;)

Mostly I want to hear kids.....MINE mostly. He gets so frustrated with me. He's also tired of being my drivethru interpreter. He's a good kid.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Change of plans....but not too bad

I got an email yesterday that Dr. Peters will be out on 11/14 and I'd need to re-schedule my surgery. After 24 hours of stressing about when it would actually end up, I finally got it fixed. My date is changing to 11/16 but that is actually better. Before my pre-op would have been Friday 11/11 and I'd have had to tweak my week with the kids to get them all in. With pre-op being on the 15th and surgery on the 16th, I can finish the earlier week intact and not really miss as much time. I'll still have the rest of that week plus the whole week of Thanksgiving to recover. Something to really be thankful for this year. :) Another plus is that the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book comes out on the 15th so Caleb will have something to entertain him during the wait while I'm in surgery.
Today I visited the chiropractor for some work on my poor stressed neck muscles. This was likely their last visit with the "marching ants" aka TENS machine. Electromagnetic thingies and Cochlear Implants don't mix.
I'm sure I'll continue stressing.....afterall they ARE about to cut into my head and stick stuff inside, but at least it's getting closer and everything is coming together.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It's a date!!!

I'm getting my cochlear implant on Monday, November 14th! That will put activation somewhere around December 5th. They also wanted to confirm what type I want and what color. I'll be sporting a jazzy silver metalic Advanced Bionics Harmony. Still getting the details on the color splash overlay options.

Monday, October 3, 2011

As time stands still.....

I'm getting impatient. I have read so many things, surfed for so many answers, read the brochure like 100 times. I either need new and exciting info or I need to get this show on the road. Saturday I have the psycholgical evaluation. That's the last hurdle before setting the surgery date. I'm kinda stressing about this one. I have started filling out the major strengths....WAIT! What? I don't wanna. ;) I can just picture myself being plopped on some couch expected to spew out my life's fears and I can't understand the questions because I can't read their lips. I'm probably just building it up to something bigger than it is. the papers, they ask if I finished jr high.....I finished grad school, ok? The balance test wasn't near as exciting as I'd rollercoasters or gyroscopes. :( My insurance letter came in approved....sorta. All it said is that they DO pay for this sort of thing but not that they are approving mine. Maybe they have to set the date first. So....when is time going to start moving again?