Not Taken For Granted

October 2000 - September 20, 2010

It’s the little things that make a difference when you are “hearing again”.

This morning we had to put my daughter’s cat, Mandie to sleep. Kyersten is a junior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She doesn’t have a car and yet through friends was able to get home. (We currently only have one car and couldn’t do it).

It was a series of phone calls – some in a panic, to get all the plans just right so that she could get home in time. The cat could not wait. I’m just amazed at what a difference being able to hear on the phone means even in the midst of a small family crisis.

Not only could I hear to communicate plans, etc., but when we went to the vet I could hear whispered voices as the technicians tried to remain sensitive to the reason we were there. WHISPERED VOICES.

I am so thankful for cochlear implant technology and for being able to “hear again”. I’m certain that if I had not been able to have CI surgery, we would have still found a way through family crisis without my hearing. However… it just makes the biggest difference. You just really can’t imagine what it means unless you’ve lost your hearing and regained it through cochlear implants.

I do not take it for granted.

Denise Portis

© 2010 Personal Hearing Loss Journal

5 thoughts on “Not Taken For Granted

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Kyersten’s cat. Words cannot describe the feelings she must be going through. May Mandie rest in peace in pet Heaven.

  2. Denise, my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your beloved pet. What a blessing to be able to understand phone conversations when you had to make necessary arrangements. Like you, I appreciate the little things, such as being able to hear a whisper over the phone. May God comfort you and your family.

  3. Hey Julie!

    She is just now getting to where she can get a lot of exercise without pain. (She hikes a lot and lives on the 4th floor of a dorm on a big campus…) So Kyersten is doing much better. We were concerned she still had so much pain but were told as “her insides were all handled and “cleaned” due to the rupture… she’d be sore for a long time. She was. GRIN. Thanks for asking…

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