I want to hear what people are saying. The first time they say it.
Guess I'll have to start saving the money for the new aids. Let's just see how long it takes me...
On a good note though. Today at work, I asked the manager on duty to turn the music down so I could hear my guest better. (For those of you who don't know I work in a restaurant)
I actually asked for an accommodation!
That might not sound like much to most people but its a big step for me. I've always thought of myself as a typical hearing person... ha ha thats a joke. I had to become an adult and see though my child the BIG picture. To see what a handicap being hearing impaired really is.
Then I realized that I had to teach other people what being hearing impaired is really about.
Oooh, the crazy fun world of working in the service industry with hearing aids. It really forces me to push the limits. It forces me to live in the hearing world as a hearing impaired person. It forces me to make it okay for those around me that I'm hearing impaired. Its odd that I have to make it okay, for them to be okay, with the fact that I have a disability.
Sometimes my life feels like a circus act.
ATTENTION: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CHILDREN OF ALLLLL AGES:
SHE HAS A DISABILITY,
SHES HEARING IMPAIRED!
RIGHT THIS WAY FOLKS:
"Now. Are you okay with that?"
"How can I help you be okay with that?"
"Let me show you how this works."
"Let me show you how to, help you, make this work."
So whats next?
I guess, not becoming that "HANDICAPPED" person?
Its such a fine line. A balancing act, really.
Just like the Circus,
Sometimes I'm walking the tight rope,
sometimes I'm the freak show,
sometimes I'm playing the clown,
But the best time of all
is when I get to take off my costume, my mask, leave the circus at work,
sit at home with my family,
and just be ME.