A journal of a "post-lingual acquired hearing loss in adulthood", or how I went deaf - and got a cochlear implant - at 39.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
That's how the light gets in
This is Oskar, the blind kitty. (He was born without formed eyes.)
This is Oskar, the blind kitty, playing with toys for the first time.
The balls have bells in them.
Watch that, and tell me it didn't move you.
Oskar is learning to play.
Oskar is a very lucky kitty.
"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."
ronnie (broken - that's how the light gets in)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
He's living as hard as he can.
He's so present. He wakes us up at 6:30 a.m., not having gotten the memo about the time change. He does this on the weekends now, as well, having discovered that he needs hooman assistance to access teh wet food. Husband (who can go back to sleep after being awakened) heroically goes downstairs to feed him, knowing that I cannot go back to sleep after being awakened.
He follows us everywhere. He will quite possibly kill me by tripping me on the stairs. I accept this as part of the deal.
When I am in the bathroom, and have the audacity to lock him out, I am serenaded by the doorknob rattling constantly.
He likes the new feeding schedule, which is basically: he gets fed whenever he wants to. He indicates that he wants to by meowing. Actually, squawking. Loudly and persistently.
About every half-hour or so.
He still chases his dad's ties across the bed every morning, and runs up the stairs faster than any cat ever did, ever.
He's 12. And his kidneys are starting to fail.
He goes once a week to the vet to get a subcutaneous injection of fluids. He doesn't much like going, 'cause he's comfy at home. But he doesn't complain, and he doesn't notice the actual procedure at all.
In between, he is living as hard as he can.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Louis vs. Rick: The man who taught his cat to text message
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Oh. Also this.
Reformed skinhead endures agony to remove tattooshttp://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45095048/ns/today-today_health/t/reformed-skinhead-endures-agony-remove-tattoos/#.TrBaUlapokU
Don't even know what to say except: there is hope for all of us. There really is, even the worst of us. I wish this family well.
Music for everyone. Everyone!
Enjoy this video courtesy of the Deaf Professional Arts Network, of adorable kids signing a White Stripes song. I've always said that, speaking English, with forays into French, Spanish and ASL, that ASL was by far the most expressive and enjoyable language I ever "spoke". This video shows a little bit of why.
In case you're wondering, deaf people listen to music by putting speakers face-down on the floor and enjoying the vibrations. You can get a surprisingly rich experience by doing that. These videos add the "words" for deaf music fans.
There's lots more where that came from at the D-Pan website.