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We've Never Ever Had The TV On So Loud [Sep. 15th, 2016|05:05 pm]
Tony Grist
My mother has gone very deaf. It seems to have happened quickly, but maybe we just failed to notice the early stages. We're treating it as a case of ear-wax- and maybe it is. I was communicating through written notes this morning- very short ones- because she can't hold onto long sentences. They say things like, "Doctor's Orders" and " Olive Oil".

Not being able to hear doesn't seem to have upset her. She lives in the moment and it's only now- right now- that she can't hear you. She experiences it as a blip, not a condition.

I'm reading a novel which has scenes set in a care home. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. At least we're not in that situation...

[User Picture]From: sorenr
2016-09-16 03:26 am (UTC)
When I called my grandmother Friday evening she had a really hard time speaking - and hearing what I said on the phone was clearly really hard work for her, being tired and all. Lesson learned: Call grandmother earlier in the day!

(So I drove across the country to visit her Saturday and Sunday in the nursing home with my kitten... I don't think he's ever been petted as much as during that weekend; perhaps when you can barely hear and barely see, petting a kitten is one of the few sensory experiences to be had. They do have a dog at the nursing home, but she's too old and fat to sit on an old woman's lap - and my granny can't possibly reach down to the floor.)
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