What shall I start with… How about the GREAT NEWS!
Stuart accepted a job yesterday. He had two companies make offers and it was hard to choose between them, but he chose the job that allows him to telecommute. I believe his title is Senior Software Engineer at MEDSEEK. (he’s been working with the medical industry for a long time and enjoys it. Hopefully, he will be very happy in this new position.) We’re excited! He starts on the 23rd.
Also good news, Stuart’s sister had her second child today….well technically yesterday. He will be sharing the same birthday as my sister. (I hope that doesn’t jinx him, at least I’ll never forget it!) His name is Johnathan David…after his grandfathers. Looking forward to pictures.
I’ve had some good days, today was a pretty decent day. We got out of the house, and went grocery shopping. Yes, I was excited about that! I cooked a great meal a couple of nights ago, and am looking forward to cooking more often.
However, I’ve had some Wonky Slosh Head days too. The 11th…not a good day. It was overcast or raining all day, and my head felt like it was full of goop, and my brain was sloshing around inside of it. For the first time in weeks, I felt I needed help walking.
Today, I had the strangest tinnitus. I always have some sounds, and at times they can get pretty obnoxious and just odd, but this time I could feel it. What comes to mind is the poem, “I heard a Fly Buzz” by Emily Dickinson, luckily I wasn’t dying. However, I could also feel the thing in my ear. The vibration was so annoying…and dang it all…strange. I sincerely hope I do not have that sensation again.
My hearing, is also strange. The ear I had operated on in December had 0% word recognition in November. Now it’s fluctuating, a lot! Sometimes I hear nothing out of that ear, sometimes I can hear Stuart talking when I don’t have my hearing aid in the other ear. And I promise I’m not hearing out of that ear! Speaking of that ear, I think my hearing is dropping and/or simply getting more distorted.
I’m so happy we are starting our ASL classes in 2 weeks. I really need a back-up way to communicate.
I have a question, for those of you with Meniere’s. How many of you were told you would have “burn out”? I learned today, from a hearing loss specialist, that they no longer believe burn out happens. I’m involved in an email group from The Say What Club (SWC), they have a few groups for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. I’m a member of the Meniere’s Group. Everyone on there has some pretty profound hearing loss. I’ve found that a few on the board are a bit older than I am. I know one man is 76. No one has experience “burn out”. Only one member has no vertigo any longer, and he had Streptomycin injections, so he had no balance center.
On another note, there are a few on there who have Cochlear Implants, and love them, they say they are they are much clearer than hearing aids! I’m beginning to look forward to the time when I can get one. Then I think, I may just want to embrace the deaf world. I’ve been pretty conflicted. Then I thought, why do I have to choose? I think I’ll probably do a bit of both. If I can get a CI, I probably will. But I want to know ASL and be involved in the deaf community too. You never know when technology may fail.
Coming soon…learn all about a different part of my life. Bipolar I Disorder and Me.