Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part II of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
Part I began: Another errand. Another task to be completed.
My mother has been hospitalized for a while now. We have serious issues – to include ICU and MRSA isolation (multiple hospital bacteria, each gifted to Mom – again).
Yesterday Mom’s twin brother died.
When he was a Marine (enlisting ‘underage’ without telling his mother) Mom’s twin brother served on the front lines in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Gudalcanal, and numerous other battles.
When her twin brother was shot, Mom woke, crying at 4:30 a.m. …
… Each time the double doors opened the cashier gasped.
She lowered her head, placing one hand over each ear as she winced. Stunned, I watched.
Then the woman said, “It is so windy outside! Every time the doors open it hurts my ears. Ouch!” …
Faith, “Mom resisted for so long. Then when she got it me and my step-dad went with her to the doctor’s office for testing. Mom didn’t think it would work. This is the funny part. Just as the lady turned on the sound machine to test her hearing the air conditioning unit went off. That pressure hurt Mom’s ears. She said, ‘Ouch! That hurts!’ Then Mom was angry at the noise. My step-dad and I laughed. Then Mom was angry with us for laughing. So we laughed harder until she ‘finally’ understood that she was angry at our laughing and ‘that’ was sound. Her first sound in 30 years. Then she laughed.”
I smiled. Faith continued, “Now my son has a hearing loss, too. He has the gene, I guess. He just finished a tour in Afghanistan. He missed the hearing test! And he wanted to serve so bad! So he wrote his quartermaster a letter telling him how much it would mean to serve. And his letter worked! They took him! He served, though failing the hearing test was not shared with others … He’s just come home. That’s why I agreed to get the implant. I may have grandchildren soon. I want to hear everything! Everything!”
Then she asked, “How do you know about cochlear implants?”
I smiled, “Court reporter. CART provider, and captioner since 1993. I was one of many court reporters who volunteered in 1995 during the national SHHH convention, now HLA, in Texas when Heather Whitestone spoke as Miss America.”
Faith gasped, “Really?”
She lowered her voice, “So you know people who have had successful cochlear implants?”
I nodded and watched a frowning woman approach the cash register.
Faith asked, “You have seen successes then?”
I said, “Yes, I have seen great advances and many successes.”
Then I asked, “May I ask you a question?”
Part I of III is posted June 3, 2013 on the blog Monette’s Musings
Part II of III is posted June 14, 2013 on the blog Monette’s Musings
Part III of III is posted June 25, 2013 on the blog Monette’s Musings
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