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Valerie D. Patient Expert

clarksville, Tennessee
I am a bilateral cochlear implant user. This is my journey.
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Brought to Tears by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As I lay awake at 3:00 A.M. to reflect on the passing of the last day, I am still moved to tears. I came to a realization three things. One, I am so blessed with a fantastic f ... Read on »
the top 3 CI embarrassing moments by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Now that I have enjoyed this fantastic technology for almost 2 years, It is time to reflect on the 3 most embarrassing moments. Not the gosh moments, the oh my goodness ho ... Read on »
CI batteries, recession, and deaf moments! by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I ponder why have I dropped off the bloggingsphere. I wonder why. The only reason I can think of is the state of the world events. Anyone who knows me, knows two things abou ... Read on »
writer's block by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I am experiencing some block. I have a lot of ideas swimming in my head. I hope to get the sharks out and write more. I have so many ideas, CI moments and fun times going on, ... Read on »
Thin Gowns and warm hearts by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As I get older, I appreciate the advancement of prevented medical care. I know my body is not what it use to be, and I rely on my doctor to direct me to the latest procedu ... Read on »
Cochlear Implants and Ear Infections by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Well what a last few weeks! I have been battling double ear infections. After two rounds of meds, a shot and decongrestion, my doctor has announced the ear infections ar ... Read on »
My life and random thoughts by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness All my life I hear the saying, you can do anything you put your mind too! That is what I remember most about growing up. Here is a bit about how I came to choose Cochlear Im ... Read on »
How do you feel about being deaf? by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness How do you feel about being deaf? I read that question just this week, of course it made my mind turn and think. The only answer I could come up with is this, while I ... Read on »
La, La, la.....Music to my ears! by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness One of the greatest joys of using cochlear implants is music. For 20 years I lost my love for music. It became loud boring noise. Over the past year, I have gone throu ... Read on »
A Year In Review - Just the Facts by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I am reflecting on the past year, I can't help but think how much my life has changed. I am not talking about just the cochlear implants or the blog or the new work assign ... Read on »
I can't believe it moment! by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It has been a long time since I posted. Wow too long! I haven't had writer's block or thinking block, just teaching. This year my teaching world has been turned upside down. A ... Read on »
The deaf fairy tale by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Once upon a time ....no, no wait, I must change that beginning.... okay, Once on a sunny beautiful day a baby was born, oh how the parents loved her. They sang to her and talk ... Read on »
I'm thankful for..... by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness With my dad at home on hospice care, I am so thankful for my cochlear implants. Why........I can use the phone to talk to mom or my sisters two, three or more times daily. ... Read on »
Turn on the lights! by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Many moments happen throughout time without giving it a second thought! This time I stopped and realized how grateful I am. Late one evening after a long stressful day back at ... Read on »
One Year, Tears, and a Belly Laugh! by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Taken July 20, 2008, Look how yellow. One short year ago, I was unable to carry on a conversation without the what....haaa..repeat...go write it down, with my famil ... Read on »
What If?? by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness As I am pondering life's meaning, I wondered what if!!! What if there were newborn hearing test in 1968 like today? Maybe the doctors would have spotted my hearing ... Read on »
Happy One Year Anniversary to My CIs! by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is a quick posting, I am down in the deep south visiting my parents. My dad(Poppi) has been in the hospital for 3 1/2 weeks. They sent him home on Friday, but he is so ja ... Read on »
10 blogs I missed when offline by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness What a crazy move! We finally find our dream house, the one you spend your life wishing for. AND it takes 10 days to get cable and Internet!!!! Our family is tech crazy. ... Read on »
I am going crazy! by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Been a long time, wow how time goes so quickly. I am going crazy! Quick break down - vacation, no Internet, no closed caption, moved to new home, no Internet until the 7th of ... Read on »
10 Wonderful Summer Activities by Valerie D. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Each summer I pull my hair out to find something fun, cheap, and enjoyable to do with Jenna. With gas prices so high, we are trying to find activities to do close to home. ... Read on »