I should be going to bed, but I've decided to post an update about the last couple of months.
October was extremely busy. It included a one day trip to Pittsburgh, a camp-out with Girl Scouts, lots of soccer, report cards, parent teacher conferences, and a weekend women's retreat. The retreat was wonderful, but the busyness of life hit me square in the face as soon as I got home. By the end of the month, I desperately needed a weekend at home.
November has been slower and easier to deal with. That even includes our weekend away in New York City. What an adventure that was! We got on a bus at 9:00 on a Friday night and were driven to NYC. By 8:30 in the morning we were looking at the Statue of Liberty and had a full day of experiences very unlike those we have at home. We got back on the bus at 9:00 pm and were driven back to Ohio. We were home by 6:00 Sunday morning.
So, how am I dealing with my hearing loss? Well, basically I'm so busy I don't think about it much. I adapt when I need to adapt. I get frustrated once in a while, but not a lot. I see that I am capable of just about anything still. I know that I do miss my hearing and wish that it was easier. One of my most difficult days was at my last ENT appointment. Because of a scheduling mix up, I did not have a hearing test. The doctor asked how I was doing and if I thought that I would want something to help me with my hearing loss. I feel like I'm adapting well, but really think life would be easier, especially in the classroom with some hearing help. Being the pleaser that I am, I wanted to do what the doctor thinks I should do. If he thinks I can live without hearing aids or surgery, then I wanted to live without those things. But here's the thing... the doctor is not hard of hearing and I am an... adult. This is MY decision to make. He can't know how easy or difficult things are for me. He can't make this decision for me. I was quite anxious for a day or so, while I worked through these issues.
Well, that sums up the last couple of months. On to the last month and a half of 2010!