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Denise Portis Patient Expert

Annapolis, Maryland
I am a late-deafened adult who also has Meniere's disease. I was surgically implanted with a cochlear implant in April of 2005. I have a hearing assistance dog from Fidos For Freedom. Chloe also assists me with balance related tasks. I enjoy writing and enjoy hearing from my readers! Drop me... Full Bio
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But, Butt, Buttocks and Butte by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Isn’t the English language crazy sometimes? Did you know that it is actually one of the hardest languages to learn? (Oxford Royal Academy, 2014). Since most who are r ... Read on »
Time Lapse by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of my first photos, 1966 with my mother and older brother, Lee. My life today… Oh to be able to see a time lapse of your life! Recently, someone I knew f ... Read on »
“I’m Fine” = Code for … by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Sometimes you just need to lay down, close your eyes, and hug your dog. “Hey Denise! How are you today?”  “I’m fine! How about yourself?” I cheerfully chirped ... Read on »
Sometimes? All You Can do is LAUGH by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness You’d think by now hound dog was accustomed to me bustin’ out into peals of laughter. I’ve done it often enough, after all! But I still take her by surprise sometim ... Read on »
By Association… by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness You’re gonna think this is off topic. Hang with me, I promise this is a “typical Hearing Elmo” post. I’m turning in my “Christian” card.  I’ve been so aggra ... Read on »
Watch Me by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Want to get on my last nerve? Enjoy listening to me Sputter as I desperately try to spit out a response? Want to see this kitty’s claws? this puppy’s teeth? ... Read on »
Recurring Dreams… Life Goes On by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of my favorite chapters in “Introduction to Psychology” is the one where we study dreams, sleep, and the subconscious mind. Everyone dreams – though you may not ... Read on »
Turn On Date by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of my favorite discussions to have with people who have chronic illness, invisible or visible disabilities, or living a “new normal”, is sharing stories of how ... Read on »
Folding Fitted Sheets and “Good ‘Nuff” by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness My newlywed daughter bragged to me recently that her husband can fold a fitted sheet. Pressing for details I found out that he evidently can fold them where they ar ... Read on »
False Coping Skills and Elephants by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hound dog knows when I’m “finished” Ever wake up just feeling completely whipped? I feel like I’ve developed GREAT coping skills. After all, you either learn t ... Read on »
Everything you ever wanted your audiologist to know… by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Hearing Elmo always welcomes guest authors. Although this site is a place of information and support for all types of disabilities and invisible illnesses ... Read on »
TONS of Demerits = Life Turning Point by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I went to a Christian University right out of high school. I lived in a small rural farming community with no Christian colleges nearby so I thought that I may as w ... Read on »
Does Your Butt Glow? by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Do you love insects? Crazy about science? Get a thrill over cReEpY cRaWlIeS? Were biology and zoology courses your favorite? … You may not want to keep reading. ... Read on »
Quiz? AMEN! Are you Cued? by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Chloe automatically retrieves a dropped grocery list in the store. I don’t have to prompt her first. This past Sunday, Chloe got up about 1/3 into the service and ... Read on »
Inclusion by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness A friend of mine from high school works for KIT (Kids Included Together) and I’ve enjoyed following her training schedule on FaceBook as it takes her literally all ... Read on »
Would I if I Could? by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness If I could change my life, would I? I recently had a reader and guest writer bring up something all of us who live with invisible illness or disability have though ... Read on »
Pet Peeves by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Melissa and family Hearing Elmo welcomes, Melissa Sisco, guest author from Alabama. One of the many things I love about Melissa’s writing is that she is very trans ... Read on »
Beaver – Destructive or Discerning? by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We have beaver. Actually, we’ve had beaver for about 16 months now, however this summer it is really evident WE HAVE BEAVER. Our townhouse community sits up at ... Read on »
I Was Given Just 15 Months to Live… by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Heather Von St. James Hearing Elmo welcomes guest writers are I am thrilled to introduce you to Heather Von St. James. Invisible illness and disability are not aid ... Read on »
Fundamental Attribution Error by Denise Portis Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I drive my family crazy sometimes. I have psychology on “the brain”. Things I’m studying, things I’m teaching, thinks I’m thinking about (the dreaded dissertation l ... Read on »