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Wendi Patient Expert

Chicago Suburbs, Illinois
Although my hearing loss doesn't define me, it has definitely affected me!  I grew up with a bilateral hearing loss that was discovered when I was 4 years old.  I wore a hearing aid and was mainstreamed in school.  It's never been determined what caused my hearing loss, but I... Full Bio
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Three Things I Like; One Thing I Don’t by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Although I’m calling this post “Three Things I Like; One Thing I Don’t”, I have realized there is one more thing I like … I mean, really like, and that is autumn. It’s her ... Read on »
Where the Streets Have Too Many Names by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We’ve been living in our new town for about a month and a half, and I have yet to drive anywhere. I’ve been driven, you see, but I haven’t been behind the wheel of a car m ... Read on »
A Little Bit Country by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Yesterday we went for a visit with Dave’s sister and her family. It’s so nice to be half the distance from them compared to when we lived in Illinois, and we took advantag ... Read on »
Honey, We’re Home! by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness They say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can experience, and they aren’t kidding.  I’m happy to report, though, that we made it through fairly unscathe ... Read on »
Wide Open Spaces Redux by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Back in 2011 I wrote: “When we buy our next house,” I mused, “I would like it to be far enough from our neighbors so that they won’t be tempted to have a conversation ... Read on »
Pardon Me While I Freak Out Just A Bit by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness On the one hand, I’m all, ‘Wow, May is nearly over!’ and on the other hand, I’m thinking, ‘Wait, I thought it was June already.’ I think the really weird spring we’ve had ... Read on »
Am I or Aren’t I? by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Now that age 50 is on the horizon (three months away), it looks like I get to play the “Am I pregnant or is it menopause?” game. Yay. I haven’t had any crazy serious m ... Read on »
New Starts: Plants and Houses Edition by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This is our first seriously WARM day this year, warm as in ‘we left the furnace off all night and woke up to 72 degrees this morning.’ Warm as in ‘we opened the windows be ... Read on »
The Uprising of the Appliances by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Our car continues to throw little zingers at us. Dave would love to replace it; every now and then he peruses the used car ads on Craigslist with a gleam in his eye. But t ... Read on »
April 2014 Update by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It’s been a while since I did a general update. I’m also in one of those “I don’t have anything to write about!” moods. I feel like I can talk just a bit about a lot of su ... Read on »
Here Comes Speed Racer by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I read the email subject line in confusion. “You’re the Top Vaseline Badge Holder from the J’Adore VoxBox”!” What? I read it again as it slowly sunk in that the email was ... Read on »
A Spring in My Step by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Spring has been dragging its heels this year, peeking around the doorway and then retreating. For the past two days, though, it’s taken a big, bold step into the room and ... Read on »
You’re Deaf – Now What? by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Each time I lost my hearing (1993 for my right ear, 2008 for my left), I was surprised and disappointed by one thing: I was not offered any type of support for dealing wit ... Read on »
Finding Love Online by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I know what I was doing 16 years ago on this day. I was originally planning to go out with a friend of mine. I can’t remember if we were going to see a band or just go to ... Read on »
The Five Stages of Car Repair Grief by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness It was a Saturday like any other.  After breakfast, we decided to head out to some stores – Goodwill and Sally Beauty.  Nothing crazy, but better than sitting around the h ... Read on »
Review: I Can Hear You Whisper, by Lydia Denworth by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness If you’re like me and you like to read books that touch on hearing loss, then I’ve got a book to recommend to you.  If you enjoy books that touch on scientific subjects in ... Read on »
Review: Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask #powerofplants by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I’ve added a category for reviews here on my blog; I like to talk about stuff, obviously, and it will also give me topics for those days when I think, “My life is so borin ... Read on »
The First Time I Went Deaf by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness For some reason, spring is not kind to my hearing.  Every time St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, I remember the first time I went deaf.  Well, the first actual hearing loss ... Read on »
The Curse of the Digital Scale by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Up until now we’ve been using an old … manual scale (is that what they’re called?) – you know, not a digital one.  The kind where you get on and the needle swings up and t ... Read on »
New Restaurants and First Impressions by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness About three weeks ago, Dave noticed new construction in the space that previously housed a Burger King restaurant in Carol Stream.  Correction:  He noticed this new restau ... Read on »