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.