So, I need some advice. Even though I have been at this mother of hearing impaired/deaf children awhile now, last night I ran into something that I have not experienced before. While standing in line at the grocery store, a little girl(maybe 5-6 years old) was staring at Jared's hearing aids and was making comments to her grandmother about them. Jared did not noticed, but I did. Now what would you do? Would you explain to the child what those "things" are in his ears or not do anything at all? Most of the time, people come right out and ask about Allison's implants. I guess it is because most people know more about hearing aids than implants. I don't want Jared to feel that he is "not normal", but it is a fact of life, he is different and we are going to have to deal with stares and comments. I want to empower him while he is still young.
Yes, that is what everyone tells you, but don't you believe it. I have come down with a flu bug that is making me feel like I have been hit by a truck. What makes it worse is that I can't crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head like I want to, Jared, Allison and Jordan still need me. I am just praying that this will be over soon. I am just waiting for that wonderful sound of Bill's truck pulling into the driveway.
Who would have thought that Allison(in just 3 short years after her CI) would be asking to turn up the TV just a little bit because she cannot hear it. This is just another moment when I am reminded that we made the right choice for Allison in getting her CI. Every day there are moments like this, that most parents take for granted. Allison has been a constant reminder to make every day special and be thankful for the gifts that God has given us. Not once has Allison complained that she has to put on her CI, but joyful puts on "her ears" so she can hear the wonderful sounds around her. Thank you Allison, for the lessons you have taught Mommy! You are a special blessing in my life and I look forward to what you are going to teach me next.