Work itself was largely uneventful, I got about halfway through Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery, ah kids' books, before I left. While my appointment with the audiologist was at 4:00, Handi-Transit in its infinite wisdom got me there over an hour early. But I was able to reschedule my return for 5:00 instead of 5:25, which meant not having to stand out in the cold. More on that later.
Going to see the audiologist was not an easy task. It meant coming to terms again with my hearing loss. I was very afraid that they would tell me that I was beyond help. I really want to thank pawpower4me, who really provided me with a lot of encouragement in this regard. Even more, I want to thank Caroline for providing me with calm reassurance, a shoulder, and a sounding board before the appointment, and for being there waiting for me when the appointment was over. We both agree it would have been nice if she could have been there, but of course that wasn't possible ... but her moral support by phone was nothing short of incredible and wonderful.
the audiologist told me that I was not beyond help, to just dismiss that from my mind. He talked about options: what I wanted in hearing aids, what was important to me and what was not. He told me that for my type of hearing loss, the behind-the-ear models were better suited, which is fine because that's what I really wanted anyway. I go back on the 29th for my new hearing aids. Lisa Reid Audiology in general, and Jeff, the audiologist with whom I dealt in particular, are to be commended for their professional, polite, understanding and courteous handling of the whole thing.
The driver I had on the way home was not exactly on laughing gas. He was clarly grumpy about having me added to his schedule, and he made that clear. I was very glad to get away from him.
I spent the evenign talking with Caroline, listening to some OTR with her, and so on. This was a very special day for the two of us: on August 15 of last year, six months ago to the day, Caroline and I became a couple. What can I say, Caroline, but thank you - thank you so much for the happiness you've brought into my life.