Monthly Archives: September 2015

Did You Say HOMEWORK? – By ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’

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It sure feels like I am growing younger these days. Sure, we all know that I am on a journey of learning how to hear again- and that should be enough of turning back the clock, but of course it IS NOT… now it comes the….HOMEWORK.  I kid you not, I have now been assigned ‘activities’ to do in my own time, as if that ‘own time’ even really exists with two youngins to entertain and care for. I most certainly do not want to do this ‘homework’ in my precious personal time–please pay me. I’d rather wash the dishes, I don’t like being told what to do in my free time, that makes it NOT free time, right? Besides, I honestly thought ‘homework’ had been eliminated from my life once I receive this fancy sheet of paper called a college diploma! Sigh.

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Leading As A Deaf Daddy- By ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’

It’s no secret that Life is not easy. Life as a father is even harder. Life as a Christian father is even tougher.—But, Life as deaf Christian father is even more challenging.  

I am on this Cochlear Implant journey by choice, a choice made by the Christian Daddy within me and because of my upmost fear of not being capable of being the Daddy that my children need me to be. Looking back, it was an emotionally draining decision, but at the same time it was also such a clear-cut simple decision — because I personally felt that if I kept my original ear(s)—I’d fail at fulfilling my duty as a  father for my children—particularly as the LEADER figure in my household.

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Cupcakes, Ice Cream & Some Baseball Anyone? -by ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’

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Who’s up for cupcakes, ice cream and some baseball? I am!? That’d make for one heck of talented baseball player- blasting towering homeruns while stuffing your face with goodies, and ultimately burning off the calories rounding the bases!

Okay, in all seriousness– these words do in fact have a common link, which you will figure out shortly…..

With that being said,  I got remapped on Friday (August 28th), and the good news is that I can now tolerate much, much more sound than before without feeling the urge to pull my hair out (Okay, we all know that I don’t have much head hair to grab-and by choice). Since I am adjusting well–and quickly, some new electrodes were activated, which means more new sounds to once again adjust to. When all the mapping was said and done, the new program resulted in a very different compilation of sounds than any of the previous programs. Robot language-GONE. Roadrunner language-also GONE (Thank God). I can’t put my finger on how to describe voices now– but in short, the results were amazing.

AMAZING? HOW? Well in a cup-cake, ice-cream, and base-ball amazing way. No, I didn’t eat a cupcake and ice cream at my appointment (but that is a good suggestion for next time). No, we didn’t play baseball in the mapping room either. But instead…..

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