Today is the 4 month anniversary of my activation!
Can’t believe how time has flown by. And this quarter, I’m flying solo for 3 out of 5 classes, 2 of which are gym classes in the pool. The third class, my photo class, is 5 out of my 12 credits that I am taking. I got lucky with this class, as my teacher knows sign language, and will sometimes sign some words to help me out, but for the first week, the class has been going smoothly. And I’ve got some great classmates and friends, so I think it will work out.
We went on a field trip on Wednesday around campus, to find different light sources and lighting situations, and measured the color temperature in Kelvins. I was worried at first that I wouldn’t be able to follow along, but he was attentive to making sure that I was able to hear him. At some points, his hand would cover his mouth when gesturing, or something will block the view, and I was able to pick up and understand the word with the CI…like I understood “highlight” and “temperature” and was excited!
We will talk now and then about how communication is going, or if I need more information or clarification on anything. But I’m loving being on my own (for the most part), and feel the most free and myself, instead of being “the deaf person attached to the interpreter and the other deaf people.” I think it makes hearing people nervous because they’re not sure what to do or expect around a deaf person, especially if there’s an interpreter or some sort of aide with them. It’s a love-hate relationship, because I’m grateful to get the information from the interpreter, and at the same time, I wish it wasn’t so obvious that I need help to understand what’s going on. I’ve had some fabulous interpreters, and then there have been a few that were really bad.
Anyway, for my first photo project, we have to do “A Day In The Life…” of a professional person. I picked my audiologist, Mandy, since she’s the most interesting, and most accessible to me at the moment. I’m eager to see how it comes out. That shoot will be on Monday.
It started snowing today, and I got to walk on snow-turned-into-ice and heard the crunch of it. I want it to be deeper so I can hear the various sounds and flop down on it. Admittedly, I hate the feel of snow under my feet, because it brings to mind the imagery of walking on broken glass or bones, but I’m curious about the sound it makes. I want to ski, snowboard, go sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing and hear all the various sounds! I’m also very curious about the sound of making a snow angel, what does it sound like?
The best part of having a cochlear implant in the winter? I can wear a winter hat without getting feedback! Now my head isn’t cold anymore! I used to forgo hats in favor of being able to hear. Now no longer is it an issue!
A few days ago, I was waiting for a friend to pick me up, and I was playing with a dead tree branch that was on the ground, and listening to the crack it made as I stepped on it.