Daddy, Watch Me!

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Hello, and welcome to all! I am Eric, the author of this portion of the Created in Grace blog, ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’. This portion is dedicated to my journey of receiving Cochlear Implants and the challenges I may face once receiving the implant(s). I will specifically document my relationship challenges as a Daddy and Husband while going through this– hopefully rewarding experience. My goal is to tell my story with the hope of inspiring others.

I chose the title ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’ because it sums up  my current perspective on my hearing as a Daddy. In short, my hearing can be considered as ‘watching’ sound or ‘hearing with the eyes’, as I rely heavily on visual lip movement (lip reading), awareness, and the hand gestures of my two children. The title is also symbolic and a reminder to me as I plan distant myself from relying solely on my eyes and getting some much needed help from my ears–The title itself, will never allow me to overlook who I am throughout this journey.

Unfortunately, I never learned American Sign Language (ASL)–which is a major regret (and another story). Amazingly enough, (at the time of writing this intro.) My daughter, PG impresses me by the way she communicates things to me; Graphically with her hand gestures and body language. Regardless of the fact that many of gestures/body languages are her  own creation to express herself to me, the clarity of most of them are extremely accurate in comparison with the professional ASL gesture. It truly is an art. Inspired by my daughter we are now taking further measures to learn ASL.

Prior to going through with the operation I will attempt to continue informing you all of bits and pieces of my past life to further enhance a viewers understanding leading up to this point.

Click on the ‘Updates on My Journey’ link under the ‘Daddy,Watch Me!’ tab to view my blog posts.

Thank you all for joining along with me for the ride! God Bless.

-Eric William


14 Responses to Daddy, Watch Me!

  1. Karen Parker says:

    The best of luck in your journey, what a joy it will be for you and your beautiful family!

  2. Terri Hinson says:

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you during this journey. You are an amazing man, husband, father, son and friend to so many. Thank you for always being an inspiration to others.

  3. Donna Raye Drummond says:

    Eric,
    Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Sending positive and uplifting vibes to you and your family.
    Donna

    • ke.allbritton@gmail.com says:

      Donna, Thank You! I still remember our poolside conversations, I’m sorry for the times you ended up missing your swim because of my chatter. Please tell J.D. hello for me.
      -ERIC

  4. David Allbritton says:

    Eric, I’m so excited. God Bless!

    Uncle David

  5. Brooke Workman says:

    Hi Eric,
    It’s so great to see that you’re doing so well and have such a beautiful family! I am so happy for you, and my thoughts and prayers are with you throughout this journey! Please say hi to your Mom & Darrah for me 🙂 I miss you all!

    Your childhood bud,
    Brooke Workman

    • ke.allbritton@gmail.com says:

      Brooke, it’s so great to hear from a childhood friend. Thank you for the kind words, I hope all is well with you!

      -Eric

  6. David Allbritton says:

    I am your great uncle and your children’s are great great.
    Our lives seems to have gone different directions but I also have the hearing problem. I have a senorineural inner ear damage caused by working and being around F-86 fighter jets.
    You have expressed my feelings in detail that I have not been able to express. Thanks and our prayers are with you.

    • ke.allbritton@gmail.com says:

      Uncle David, it’s good to hear from you! It seems to have been forever since we crossed paths-I hope everyone is doing well! I did not know that you had ear damage, obviously I know how difficult that can be. At least you have a pretty cool reason behind it. Let me know if I can help you in any way, and thank you so much for the prayers. I am so glad you can relate to my expressed feelings, that was my main goal – to hopefully help and inspire others going through the same thing.
      -ERIC

  7. Kaitlyn Rentz Lancaster says:

    Elizabeth and Eric,
    I am so excited for the both of you with this new hearing journey!
    Hope y’all are doing well. 🙂
    -Kaitlyn

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