Getting Help

As we grow older we need help in a lot of places.

Doing business, doing taxes, walking, seeing, hearing….

You get the idea. We all need of help all of our lives in on form or another, but growing older assures you will need physical help as well as learning to do new stuff.

Well, this week I entered into some help that has been apparent for a few years, but money and stubbornness held me back. This year my insurance kicked in with some help for the hearing aids.

I decided to stop being stubborn.

I picked them up today, they are basic, which means the technology is basic, it is however wonderful to me.

I remember getting my first pair of glasses when I was 14 and thinking I was just appeasing family and the doctor by submitting to them.

Well, when I sat in the office and put on the specs he asked if I didn’t see better. Well, I couldn’t tell, because I could see him just fine before and after the glasses.

Then I turned and looked out the front window of the office and across the street to see the trees. They were just fine.

He said now, continue looking across the street and take them off and put them on again.Image result for trees

Oh, my goodness. You mean you are supposed to see the LEAVES on the trees, not just a green mass at the top?

Well, that is exactly how I felt when she turned my aids on. I mean I could her rustle the paper across the room from me.

Really?

Yes, really. I could her footsteps. I don’t mean I am deaf, I’m not, I have mostly lost the top range of my hearing, so that the ends of words and the soft sounds of whispers are lost. Typical of growing older. Sometimes it can be a blessing, because that screaming child at the back of the church isn’t nearly as loud to me. But being able to hear it, is really a blessing.

This is my first day. I am wearing them a few hours a day for a while, but man oh man, is it nice. And I was a bit anxious as to how it would be. Then I decided that if God made the people who invented these things, and He did, then why shouldn’t I use them?

Until next time. Meanwhile, I will listening to the birds and the rain on the roof.

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7 thoughts on “Getting Help

  1. It is very difficult to accept our bodies are changing and maybe failing us as we age. Adjusting to disability is difficult, particularly when mainstream media tells us over and over again that any disability is a Bad Thing! Good on ya for taking steps to adapt and regain some of what you were missing. And thanks for sharing it publicly with us. That takes courage and strength.

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    1. I was amazed how bad my hearing was. I was in the group that says, ” I hear okay” not knowing that we aren’t. The first time I heard the timer on the stove with my new ears, I nearly dropped what I was holding! I said what is that screech and my husband said, ” I don’t know. The timer just went off.”

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  2. You managed to take this change and present it with grace and humor. I’m also reflecting on DeeScribes comment about “disability” being conveyed as something “bad” in the media. It’s silly as MOST people will eventually arrive at a place of needing help of one kind or another. All joking aside, if I had a choice about which sense I would want to lose, it would be hearing. That’s not just so that I would match you, but also, because as you mentioned, there are things you get to miss (like screaming babies). I would also “miss” all unkind words–wouldn’t that be bliss! Much enjoyed your post.

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