Saturday, February 20, 2010

Coping With A New World.

It was two years ago almost to the day when I posted my first blog. I remember clearly the excitement of it. Reading MY words when they were magically transformed onto a template that I created.
The Super Bowl was just in the books , and American Idol was once again in full swing.
And I was deaf as a stump!
No hearing, no balance, and no idea that in 4 months time I would be implanted with a tiny computer inside my head that would give me semblance of sound.
Digital speak as I called it,

Since that first post in my first blog (life in a cone of silence), I figured out how to cope with what I have, make due with technology that attempts to recreate the world that once graced my cochlea, and I learned that my lives concerto is what I make of it.

Today in church while listening to the band, my mind rambled over many thoughts. I caught glimpses of the music and figured out more coping strategies. I watched the people around me and lip read to figure out where we were in the song. Just another strategy in my world of coping.

We do what we can, which is never the best, but its the best we got.
Every day is about coping. I am deaf, I have no balance, yet I can figure out ways of getting through the day and it's challenges.
My cochlear implant gives me sound, it is the comprehension of that sound that needs the work.
I/we (all CI folks) employ strategies to "get it". We read lips, use closed caption, fill in blanks and guess a hell of a lot.
No balance is just damned determination.
"I will not fall, I will not fall"!
Head up, focus and use all the muscles to walk from A to B.
Tenacity!

Two years ago I needed canes and could not hear a jet roar.

On Friday I did a 2 1/2 Kilometer power walk at the indoor track, and enjoyed Mary's conversation the whole time.

Damn my life is blessed!

Warmest,

David

10 comments:

Laura's medical journey said...

you've been through a lot in the last 2 years! and although u have been through good and bad, we have been through it with you with your words.

TechnoBabe said...

Congratulations on two years blogging and for your continued work on balance and tools to enrich your life. You sound in a good place.
It is interesting to read what you do to compensate.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Way to go, Dearest David! I've enjoyed reading about your progress. You have given me a great example, and I use that example to find joy in things I used to take for granted.
I am filled with joy that you found a friend in Mary. She sounds like such a wonderful person, and just right for you.
God Bless, sweet friend.
~a

kcinnova said...

You are truly blessed, and I continue to be amazed at your positive attitude. Of course, that is part of the blessing, isn't it?
Many smiles being sent your way!

Kay Dennison said...

You have triumped!!!! Having done so myself, I applaud you!!!!!

Government Funded Blogger said...

Way to go Dave.Ya sure are an inspiration.

Sherry Peyton said...

I'm an active complainer about whatever is wrong in my life. You make me ashamed. YOu and so many others who quietly, resolutely trudge on in the face of chronic health issues. Blessings, and thank you for being my Christ today.

Kathi D said...

It is inspiring to know that you still find good in daily life, even with all the trials you have faced. I get so frustrated with minor to medium hearing loss--I need to count my blessings more often.

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