If I am boring myself enough with all my health related thoughts that I can’t stay awake to write them down, then there isn’t much chance that anyone else will find them gripping. Or helpful. Thus my procrastination when it comes to ending this blog-neglect thing I have going on.
But I seriously have NOTHING much else happening in my life just now.
Except maybe for Facebook where I read this little story about a nurse who was bathing her patient when he asked her, “Are my testicles black?” So she checked them out for him and reassured him that everything looked just fine down there.
“Well, that’s great,” he said, “But what I asked you was ARE MY TEST RESULTS BACK?”
This is a perfect example of how I hear things, all mangled up and misconstrued and just not quite on the money. W requested the other day from another room that I put play dough on the grocery shopping list. That’s what I heard. I think it could have been bagels or maybe Leggo. I don’t know.
And when I went for more needle biopsies on my neck last week (follow-up from a year ago in case there are changes) the doctor told me when he was finished to keep the band-aid on for fifty hours. That sounded odd, so I wondered if maybe he meant fifteen hours, but that seemed a strange time frame too. A few hours?? Then he went on to talk about pain killers and results and another visit and I had to pay attention to all that so I forgot to ask for clarification on the band-aid issue. I took it off when it started to itch. I am still alive.
Whenever I ask W to repeat himself he gets annoyed and on my case about getting a hearing aid. But I don’t want one yet. And here are some of the reasons why I’m being stubborn about it.
- I have inherited my dads intolerance for noise. He didn’t like the television or the radio blaring away either. Or people who shouted when they talked. Or a lot of different types of racket going on at once. He liked peace and quiet. Me too.
- At night I can still hear clocks ticking and faucets dripping and dogs barking and husbands snoring. I’d like to get deaf enough to NOT hear those things. Then we’ll talk. And I won’t be able to even wildly guess what you’re telling me, so won’t that be fun?
- When I was an optician I found people in denial about their need for progressive lenses to be the most apt to dislike them and not adapt to wearing their new multi focal glasses. I’ve heard it’s the same with hearing aids. I don’t want to spend all that money on something until I’m sure I need it and really want it and will wear it and like it. The option of being able to turn it off at will is certainly appealing.
- Part of my hearing “problem” is no doubt my inability to pay attention. My mind wanders off on tangents. I zone out. Teachers often remarked about how much time I spent day dreaming. I’m still doing it. Sorry, did you say something?
- The things I hear are often way funnier than the things actually being said. Who would want to give that up?
So, how do you like my new lazy Christmas decorating method where you don’t take anything ordinary away but simply add some holiday stuff to the junk you already have lying around? Whoa, Martha’s got nothing on me. If you’re disagreeing with that, I can’t hear you.