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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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Notes from the Polar Vortex by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When we lived in Illinois, our neighbors across the street were fanatical about clearing their driveway of snow. We didn’t know them at all; the only time they spoke to us ... Read on »
Doing It One More Time by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness In one of my posts last month, I mentioned that Dave will be starting treatment again for his Hepatitis C. I’m in a medical frame of mind because I have to find a new doct ... Read on »
Reason 5,991,580 Why I Love My Husband by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Like many areas around the US right now, Michigan is in the middle of a cold snap. It got down to nine degrees F last night, it’s a generous 13 degrees right now, and our ... Read on »
Pushing the Envelope by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness This time of year has me thinking resolutions, of course. I’m not a big fanatic about New Year’s resolutions – I think of what I’d like to accomplish and then throughout t ... Read on »
Renewal by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last night we diced up the last butternut squash from our 2014 garden. As I brought it up from the basement, I remembered furtively picking it in late September. Because e ... Read on »
And Then It Was Over by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We did not have a white Christmas. As my mom so aptly put it, “We did not have a flake of snow.” Actually, that applies to both Michigan and Illinois – we had a Winter Wea ... Read on »
Quick Takes, Holiday Edition by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness 1.  They say our area has a 90% chance of snow on Christmas. It seems hard to believe, with a high today of 48 degrees and Christmas only two days away. But we’ll see – st ... Read on »
Cell Phones and Me, A History by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I’ve never been much of a cell phone person. The first one I remember buying was for our honeymoon in 2002. We paid $100 for a phone that was supposed to be hearing aid co ... Read on »
Older and Wiser: Christmas Cookies by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When I was a kid, I was fascinated by Christmas and how it was celebrated in other countries. I used to check out library books on the subject. It was hard to imagine foll ... Read on »
Not A Real Post by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Oh my gosh — I haven’t been doing well with Holidailies, have I?  (More like Holi-every-couple-dailies around here.) We just did a whirlwind final Christmas shopping d ... Read on »
Bargaining with the Tooth Fairy by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Earlier today I heard Dave chuckling. “Oh, this is totally you,” he said, pointing to his computer screen. I leaned over his shoulder to read the Reddit post he was talkin ... Read on »
Happy Holidays (emphasis on ‘happy’) by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness After all the snow we got in November (16 inches before Nov. 15th, another good six inches on Thanksgiving, with little flurries many days in between), I was positive we’d ... Read on »
The Joy of Conversation by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I just realized I left out an anecdote when I finished up Hazel’s repair story. (I was in the midst of the aforementioned cold at the time, and I was kind of powering thro ... Read on »
Holiday Colds Suck by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness You know how after you’ve been sick and then you have your first day when you’re feeling better, you feel absolutely amazing? Like, you had no idea how truly bad you were ... Read on »
The Generation Gap, Music Version by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Last month I wrote this (long) Facebook status: There’s a 9 year age difference between me and Dave, although I rarely notice. It really shows up, though, when it come ... Read on »
Where’s the Beef? by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I used to have a boss who had moved to the United States from Germany. She was always going on about how things were better in Germany, and after a while it would get on m ... Read on »
You Can’t Tell Me What to Do by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness I haven’t lived in the same town as my daughter since 2012, when she went off to college. Well, there was one week in 2013 when she did come to stay with us, but then she ... Read on »
The Hazards of Hazel, Pt. 2 by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness We’d had a few cold days so far in November, but the first morning it dipped into the 20s brought a sense of déjà vu. Just like in January, we went out to run errands. It ... Read on »
The Hazards of Hazel, Pt. 1 by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness Just about a year ago, I wrote about our car not starting. This was not long after we transitioned to a one-car household, and it was in Illinois in January – super cold a ... Read on »
Hazel’s House by Wendi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Hearing Loss & Deafness When we moved here, the first thing we noticed was the absence of a garage. There’s a big cement slab where the garage used to be, but it was torn down a year or so ago. ... Read on »