Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gifted

I received a huge gift this week, one that will possibly last me for the rest of my life.

And that's the gift of hearing. By virtue of my being a MediCal recipient (that's Medicaid in California), which provides a full range of healthcare services, for low-income people, not normally covered elsewhere, I was able to see an audiologist and then have hearing aids custom made for my particular hearing loss.

I got them on Tuesday, and other than when I'm sleeping, I'm wearing them all the time now.

Previously I had a pair of hearing aids that were reconditioned devices, matched as well as possible to my hearing loss but not made expressly for me, through the Hearing Foundation in CA, which is part of the Lions Club...that outfit that collects and distributes used eyeglasses to people in need. 

I hated those hearing aids and rarely wore them.  They were an older technology, didn't work well, and were uncomfortable.  They were more trouble and pain than they were worth (and did cost me $400 at the time I got them). 

So I kind of assumed I'd rarely wear the new ones, because I spend so much time on my own.  Now that I have them, though, now that I'm hearing the normal sounds of life being lived, I'm hooked.  It kind of feels like all of my senses have come alive again because I'm running on all burners.

Just a few of the delightful everyday sounds I'm enjoying again ~~ my wind chimes outside.  BeeGee talking to me, and he's quite vocal, especially when he's hungry. BeeGee purring.  The birds outside.  The sound of my own voice.

I'm really looking forward to the next rain we have, because I haven't been able to hear it unless I had the window wide open or was standing out in it.

I'm feeling extremely grateful.  You can't take anything for granted in life, especially when you're poor and older and it seems like things are routinely being subtracted from our lives.  And then a true gift arrives.

Happy Holidays to you all.  Have a blessed week. xx 



15 comments:

Jacki Long said...

So, so happy for you Connie!
You deserve great gifts in all sizes,
just as you give us your talents as gifts.
Happiest Holidays to you! ♥♥♥

Jan said...

Fabulous! I love these seasonal collages. xxj

Meg Weaves said...

I never knew you wore them in the first place, but Hurray to you. And them. (Oh, right, inside voice now. Got it.)

Dortesjs said...

love seasonal collages from you ;O))

Leslie said...

I love to hear the things you mentioned. Glad you're hearing them again too!

Gerrie said...

That is awesome. Happy for you. Mr C got his ordered last week and I can't wait. It took him so long to admit that he needed them. I think he is going to be surprised.

QG said...

Very moving testimony -- thank goodness we have Medicaid (and Medicare). Enjoy that purring!

Carol Cohn said...

Wonderful news, Connie!! So glad they're working out well for you this time. Even your new collages have the equivalent of a spring in their step! :)

Anna H said...

How exciting Connie, I am so happy for you.....

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

What a lovely gift...smiling when I think of your joy at such small but beautiful elements of life as the sound of rain! Magical days ahead!

Jeanne Aird said...

I'm so happy for you. What a difference it will make for you. I love the little grumbles and other evocative sounds my little Betsy (13 pound Terrier) makes. We really have conversations that I would hate to miss out on. Enjoy!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Very happy for you. Even your collages here look brighter and happier!

Marybeth said...

I will resist saying "can you hear me now?" The gift of hearing is so precious when you have been hindered by hearing loss over the years. Merry Christmas!!

john said...

I am so taken with your first collage with the standing man. I look at all of your work and then go back again. This first one just captured me. :-)

Alice Schlein said...

Good news about the hearing aids. I think the best thing would be to hear the rain!