For those of you who were kind enough to offer words of encouragement (or even just send a kind thought my way) in the midst of my recent hearing crisis, I thank you. Your messages made me feel a lot better about this first of many milestones in the aging process. I'm trying to approach it with a sense of humor, but there have been moments when "funny" wasn't enough -- you've helped me through that.
Here's an update.
I am scheduled for surgery to correct the deviated septum on Friday, August 3. My surgeon is very good, and says the procedure only takes about 20 minutes. Contrary to the way in which some nose guys do the procedure, he does not use packing afterwards, so no 8 foot wads of gauze to pull out 2 days later. He claims I will be back to work on Monday. He'd better do a good job, because I'm even more dangerous with my rotary cutter when I'm under the influence of anaesthesia than usual.
I also visited the Happy Hearing Aid Center and Car Wash to see what options were best for me. The process was painless (except for the finances!) and I'll pick up my aids on Friday morning. They are tiny, fit behind the ear, and have a clear, almost invisible wire going into the ear canal speaker; there is a remote control to adjust the volume. In addition, they are bluetooth capable, so I can hear my cell phone in my head once I get it hooked up. I can probably also open my garage door. Of course they also cost an arm and a leg and are not covered under medicare. Guess the government doesn't care if we old folks get run over by political campaign bus because we can't hear it coming.
I will be able to test these babies out at work on Friday afternoon, then at Nancy's church's Quilt Day on Saturday. No more talking behind my back, sisters! They also come right in time for the classes I will be taking at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey PA next week. I was kind worried that I might hear one of the instructors incorrectly and accidently cut two 12" strips instead of twelve 2" strips. Now I am good to go!
Thanks again everyone, for your kind words of encoragement and support -- bloggers are the best!