Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I'm late jumping into this game but I was tagged for this meme by Drew's mom at Turn On My Ears, who writes/blogs about her son's hearing loss and cochlear implant. I love reading blogs written by mothers with deaf & hard of hearing children. It gives me a glimpse of the emotions, thoughts, and feelings that my parents likely experienced when they found out about my severe/profound hearing loss at the age of two. I'm so proud of these parents who are doing everything possible and using every resource available to help their children to hear and communicate in today's world. (I have links in my sidebar to some of these blogs. If you would like to be added, just let me know by email or in the comments.) To all you moms out their with children who cannot hear, thank you for all you do! You are making a difference. . .even if you feel like you are taking one step forward and two steps backwards.

Now, I will step forward and answer some questions!

1) Each player must post the rules at the top.
2) Answer the questions in bold.
3) Tag five people you would like to know better, go to their blogs, let them know they've been tagged and ask them to read your blog.

This is just for fun, so don't feel like you MUST play. I won't be hurt if you're too busy. Here are my answers to the questions. . .

What I was doing ten years ago. . .
1998 - I had four children still at home and had just started a part-time job as a bank teller. I was also thinking about returning to college and applying for scholarships. This was a decision that required much thought and prayer and was not done lightly because high school and college were not a positive experiences for me (except for meeting my husband). I did return to college in 1999 and graduated from the University of Tennessee in December 2003 with my Finance degree. I would not have accomplished this without the help of the Disabilities office. When I started classes they contacted me and offered to interpret my classes for me. When I told them that I was oral and did not sign, they responded by informing me that they had transcribers available for persons like me. Two transcribers came to every single one of my classes with two computers. I had a computer in front of me and they had the other one. The transcribers used a program called Typewell and typed almost word for word everything that was said in class. I could read it on the screen in front of me (and could sit ANYWHERE in the classroom) and participate. After class, the transcript was saved in a file and emailed to me for my notes! The purpose for two transcribers for every class was because they took turns typing during the 90 minute sessions so they wouldn't get tired. And I had different transcribers for different classes because they needed to take breaks. Believe me, my transcribers needed those breaks because my classes were not easy! These transcribers became my friends and I still keep in touch with some of them. As an added bonus, at my graduation. . .everything was transcribed for me (and others) on the Jumbotron in the stadium! I was very glad that I waited to return to college when I did because 25+ years ago there were few resources available for deaf & hard of hearing persons like me.

Five Snacks I enjoy: (wishing they didn't have so many calories!)
1. Oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips
2. Kettle Corn
3. Flatbread and hummus
4. Any drink from Starbucks!
5. Chocolate!

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Donate to Methodist churches in Latvia and other missions.
2. Pay off our debts and be debt-free.
3. Build a log home in the mountains.
4. Take our kids, their spouses, & their families on vacation every year.
5. Travel the world and experience different cultures.

Jobs I have had:
1. Dental Assistant
2. Housecleaner (and I still paid someone to clean my house!)
3. Seamstress for quilting shop
4. Cashier & Department manager for a clothing store
4. Bank teller & Informations systems
5. Accountant

Three habits:
1. Procrastinator (I wait until the last minute)
2. Cleaning & Organizing
3. Have too many projects going at once. . .I love to start them but can't seem to finish them!

Five places I have lived:
1. Orlando, Florida
2. Idaho Falls, Idaho
3. New London, Connecticut
4. Two Rivers, Wisconsin
5. Ohio (Columbus, Dayton, & Chillicothe)

Something most people don't know about me:
I used to be a synchronized swimmer. But, I could not hear the music in the water because hearing aids aren't waterproof! I learned my moves outside the water and by watching the other swimmers. I also memorized the routines.

What is the one thing you would tell the parent of a child recently diagnosed with profound hearing loss?:
I answered this question at the beginning of this post. Also, I truly believe that God is too loving to be unkind and too wise to make a mistake. You are here for a purpose and God places special children with parents that He knows will do everything in their power to help them be the persons they are created to be!

Five people I would like to get to know better:
1. Elizabeth of Elizabeth Embracing Life
2. ??? of Loudest House on the Block
3. Denise of Hearing Elmo
4. Leah of Say What?
5. Lotte's parents of Lotte Sofie

I would also love to meet Heather Whitestone, Marlee Matlin, & Michael Chorost in person!

(If you have already been tagged for this meme or do not wish to participate, that is okay!)


The Royers said...

wow.. a synchronized swimmer! i would have never guessed. I bet that requires incredible strength!

Laurie said...

. . .strength which I seem to have lost! I still love to swim to this day for exercise when I have time.

Loudest Mom said...

I used to want to be a synchronized swimmer! Very fun fact :)

Thanks for tagging me....I did the survey earlier, but some of these questions are different :) I loved reading everyone's answers.

My oldest daughter likes to swim but hates the fact that she can't play Marco Polo with everyone else. I had never thought about that until she told me-LOL! Not sure why I shared that, your post just reminded me of watching her try to play....

Denise Portis said...

Cool! I'll try to find time to do this in the next couple of days. I LOVE these things! (grin) Thanks for the "tag".

Shari said...

That was interesting that you had two transcribers for class. What the college did for me was get me notetakers and interpreters. In several of my classes, I had two interpreters so they could switch every half hour to take a break. I didn't realize that they could get carpal tunnel syndrome just by signing. Who knew? (I am 90% oral, but I do know sign language, just not as good with ASL. It takes practice to speak/think ASL. No offense to anyone.

Glad you decided to persue college. :)

Deb Ann said...

I was tagged, too. It's so much fun.

It sounds like me, too that I like to start the things I wanted to do, but I can't get to finish them all.

David said...

Wow, this was great, I got to know you better! Thanks for this. One thing, you misspelled Fourbucks.

elizabeth embracing life said...

What a great opportunity to learn more about you. The swimming part has me absolutely amazing. And finsishing school. You are one determined woman!!