This gratitude challenge will focus on being a hard of hearing person/mommy. :) In no particular order:
|Always smiling! A happy baby makes for a happy mommy!|
- For the Internet/Facebook - because it allows me to keep in touch with the world through visual cues and the written word.
- For Closed Captioning. Need I say more?
- For Netflix with Closed Captioning - thank you for whoever thought of that. You have my praise. Best $8 spent each month.
- Living in an era where Cochlear Implants are more readily available. A little more than 30 years ago, they just came came out and I didn't qualify because I heard "too well" (really???).
- For the Foscam Camera and TinyCam Monitor App. You allow me to sleep at night!
- For Fenugreek, Domperidone, and Breastpumps to allow me to produce milk. (Seriously, it's a hereditary problem in my case)
- For WhatsApp - this is how I talk to hubby most of the time (especially when in the bathroom.)
- For intelligent people - I'd be living a nightmare if everyone actually assumed hard of hearing people couldn't do the things 'normal' people do.
- For Europeans (yes, Europeans) - they actually LOVE people with disabilities, so much that in London, we were able to bypass a 3 hour lineup to go on the London Eye! (next time I go to the Vatican, I'm going to request a private tour)
- For having a hearing loss, because I can claim disability tax credit (got to milk it out of our government!)
- Knowing a few good people who know sign language. It REALLY helps to know some bad words without ever having to say them.
- For Doctor Who: without this show, I don't know if my husband and I would ever have gotten together. ;) (totally related to being a mommy, because that's part of the butterfly effect)
- For Dri-Aids. They preserve the longevity of my CI and in the process saving me thousands of dollars.
- For the ability to figure out what my daughter needs/wants. If I didn't have this instinct, I'd be screwed.
- For free disposable batteries. Send them my way - they are like my energizer bunny, without them, I can't hear.
- For peace and silence when I need a moment. Especially during Rachel's screaming fits when training her to self soothe.
- For vaccines developed to fight against rubella and meningitis, two big bugs that led to our hearing loss (I'll save that story for another time)
- For my parents, they've been there for me through thick and thin. Not joking.
- For itinerant teachers. Without them, I don't think I would be able to speak (even if not well...)
- For my five senses. At nighttime, I am completely, totally reliant on my eyes to figure out what Rachel needs. (I'm not about to wake my brain up by putting on my CI).
- For having a hearing loss. It filters the people who God wants and doesn't want to be in my life. Au revior shallow/fair-weather people.
- Having the ability to conceive. There are so many people out there who are having trouble, and I think of them always.
- Being able to use the excuse "I didn't hear that". Totally gets me out of trouble, even if it was my fault.
- Being able to use the excuse "I had no idea". Valid as it is, we HOHs do miss out on a lot of information in life, especially if it isn't written down somewhere.
- Being able to ignore comments or suggestions that come unsolicited. Ta Da! I can let people think I live in my own bubble.
- It's always amusing to see airport screening guards (especially in foreign countries) handle your CI as if it was a bomb (again, another story for later... this one takes place in Turkey)
- Getting through airport screens faster, now that we have a baby. We actually qualify for the family AND disability aisle.
- For Body Checks. How fun! Better to get them than to get your CI fried by their screening machines.
- For flights that offer English Subtitles for foreign films. Makes the flight go by faster!
- For books. I love books, even if I don't have enough time to read them. (Though magazines read in the bathroom is now the norm...). It is my escape from being a HOH and a mommy, even if for a few minutes.
- UTorrent. I know. I know. This is a grey area. But seriously - this keeps us in touch with all the awesome TV shows we watch. The Last Ship. Helix. Under the Dome. So much more...(and can't forget Game of Thrones)
- Subscene. Subtitles alert! :D For all those shows we watch.
- For Alcohol. When I have the occasional drink, it makes everything sound so much better.
- Febreze. The poopy smell goes away as soon as I squirt this stuff. They say that when you lose one sense, your other senses are heightened.
- For my family. They accept me for who I am. Imperfections and all.
There we go. I hope you enjoyed that. Here's a few snapshots of some more things that I'm thankful for:
|Living in Beautiful Victoria, BC!|
|Sunsets, especially one as amazing as this one!|
|My love (this was taken when we were still dating)|