Three years and almost a hundred posts later, it’s time to end the blog. I started blogging in February 2016 and continued until July 2017, then had a bit of a break. I started again in November 2017 when I’d just had my implant operation and now here we are……..
These days I’m definitely running out of ideas for things to write about so I’ve decided it’s time to stop. I’ve loved this blog. I’ve loved it so much I don’t want it to just fizzle out, with a post every several months, as some blogs do. I want to call a definite halt.
So there you go. End! Thank you everyone – for reading, for following, and for your support and feedback. THANK YOU.
But one last thing. Some of you might want to hear how I’m getting on sixteen months after cochlear implant switch-on day. Some of you might want not to miss the last episode of the film. If that applies to you…..read on one last time. If that doesn’t appeal…..all best wishes from me and farewell.
OK faithful people-interested-in-cochlear-implants – here goes! Continue reading
Saga magazine (a UK magazine for the over-50s) included a piece in their latest edition about me and my cochlear implant. I’ve just realised that the article is available online so here’s a link. I was pleased to get an email from the Cochlear Implant centre a few days after publication, reporting that they had been contacted by a man worried about his wife’s worsening hearing problems and wondering if a CI might be a solution. They were able to point him in the right direction for an assessment.
Thank you Saga, then, and special thanks to Med-El (the manufacturer of my implant) whose publicity department arranged the article.
Episode five is up on the MED-EL website this morning. A very, very, very happy “three months in”. You can watch it here (or possibly hear). Don’t forget – subtitles can be found by clicking on CC at the bottom of the screen.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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Episode Four is now available.
I’ve had the operation, I’ve had “switch on”. Here I am talking about the first few days of being back home with a new “thing” on the side of my head. Getting used to it, arguing with it……and suddenly hearing a wide variety of environmental sounds I hadn’t heard for so long.
One of the original blog posts covering this period was In which I stir a mug of tea and that event (stirring the tea!) is something I still vividly remember. It can still make me tear up. Continue reading
Episodes Two and Three of the film are now available.
Episode Two is about the operation, which is almost exactly a year ago (a year last Thursday, to be precise). Episode Three is switch-on, which took place on 7 December 2017. It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since those events. Continue reading
Neither of us slept much the night before. I was busy imagining every possible catastrophe. Nigel had a strange dream in which he got so confused he had to be admitted to the village care home. His friend Greg came to visit him, but Nigel thought Greg was Gandhi. Because Gandhi is dead Nigel became convinced that HE was dead……..you know how nightmares go….
It was a relief for both of us when it was 6.30 and we could get up and get on with the day; off to Bradford for switch on. Continue reading