My first picture with my phone!!
I had to share that first because – holy cow – 2 weeks without a camera of ANY kind….!!
Rainbow Sparkle Farts
You know how you have all those layers in rainbow cakes, one upon another and it is layered with frosting and then something on the very, very top?
These past couple of weeks have been so much like that. It’s like alternating good with bad, layering on the colours.
The bad – all of our stuff got stolen
The good – you guys chipped in and bought me a camera and a computer and I’m set up – and also validated in a way that I needed. It was scary putting myself out there with the GoFundMe, because I made it pretty clear that I lost the wherewithal to blog and I needed my tools. And instead of saying something like, “thank GOD! ‘Bout time you stopped, we are so sick of you”, you guys said, “here – take this, get the tools and keep going, yo!” (I think I added the “yo”).
The good – I figured out the root of the problem with insurance and not only did we get insurance but I personally am HOOKED UP with the phone. I mean, HOOKED. I have voice relay now (- with a transliteration and ASL interpreter), I have a neckloop and my CapTel captioned phone is coming. And the CapTel app.
The good – I discovered cool products like LoJack that will remotely find your device and wipe out the hard drive. Both are handy, especially if you, like me, have your tax returns on a laptop that was stolen.
The bad – my right hearing aid broke
I speak really clearly and I am a ninja lip reader. I keep saying this but no one believes how deaf I really am and how lost I am without my hearing aids. Lip reading is a focused skill – gotta go one-on-one, one-by-one. For any kind of background sounds, side sounds, etc, I rely a lot on my hearing aids.
The good – I was trying to find someone to fix it and while I was doing so, I stumbled across a WATERPROOF hearing aid!
The good – I found an audiologist that my insurance covers (and yeah, I DO have insurance for this) and the stars totally lined up. I’m eligible for a hearing aid and they will cover a big chunk of waterproof ones!
The good – My original Phonak can be fixed by Kaiser – the hospital entity that fitted me with them.
The bad – I have to wait a month for both the WATERPROOF hearing aids to come in and for an appointment to fix my old one.
The good – it gives me really focused time to practice ASL. Much easier to use ASL with my family when I actually can’t hear anything!
The bad – our solar power on the Lost Coast is not finished
We are moving from a split energy system of partial solar power and partial generator to FULL solar. It’s a really big (expensive) system and they are not done with the wiring yet.
The good – more time to visit with old friends in the Bay Area.
You see what I’m saying, right? It’s all layered.
It’s easier for me to see events now as coloured and less like good/bad, when it is so clear that great good comes out of supposed bad. If my hearing aid hadn’t broken, how would I have known about WATERPROOF hearing aids??!! If all of our stuff hadn’t gotten stolen, how would I have had the chance to figure out the telephone pieces that I have in place now??