Ouch. That Hurt My Ears! Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
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.
Mom told her mother, “He’s been shot!” pointing to specific areas on her body.
Mom’s mother (court stenographer and a piano prodigy) told my mom that it was a bad dream, hugged her, and gently told Mom, then a teen, to go back to sleep.
The next morning, Corpus Christi’s Western Union delivered the news.
Yes, Mom’s twin brother was shot and injured exactly where Mom had described to her mother at 4:30 a.m. with her twin brother stationed in an undisclosed location with the Marines in the Pacific.
With her twin’s death yesterday, and my concerns about my mom and her failing health, I left her hospital room to purchase sympathy cards.
Today we have a wind advisory day with 40-50 mile per hour winds. I raced in, selected several cards, sprinted to one of many cashiers.
I placed the sympathy cards on the counter.
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!”
Softly I said, “Maybe chewing gum might help – like pressure in a plane?” (I did not know what to say – was running late. I needed to head off.)
The woman smiled, “No, it’s the pressure inside my hearing aid in each ear. But in two weeks I get my cochlear implant! Then I won’t have this problem. And that will be wonderful. Then my ears won’t hurt from any pressure.”
She did not know that I have worked within the Deaf and HOH, hard of hearing, communities since 1993 providing CART, Communication Access Real Time, and captioning to large and small screens for many, many public and private events.
She did not know that I am very familiar with cochlear implant technology, individuals, and children.
Faith said, “I have needed a cochlear implant for so long. I have not wanted one. My mother got one. She loves hers! She raised us children without being able to hear most of our life. But now she can hear.”
I remained silent.
Faith said, “Most people don’t know what they are. But it will help me with the pressure, and I won’t have to worry about winds and this excruciating pain!”
Softly I said, “I am familiar with cochlear implants.”
“You are? Well, my mother is one of 13 children. Nine have cochlear implants. Now my generation is losing our hearing. When Mom got her implant it was so funny!”
I turned to see if anyone was standing behind me in the busy store. Nope. I was “all ears” as I turned back to listen to this cheerful lady.
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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