I have had the best week!
I’ve had a huge amount of support from friends and colleagues after I learned I could definitely get cochlear implants — and after a relationship ended where I was apparently meant to feel grateful the feller put up with my deafness. Everyone has rallied around and I feel stronger and happier and less alone than I’ve done in a while. Thank you, me mateys!
I’m enjoying my new job and the people I work with are fantastic. In my (albeit limited) experience as an employee, I have never been in such a supportive workplace. There are also some exciting and challenging things coming up, workwise. I feel very fortunate.
On Thursday evening, all of the kids plus Andy played tennis, then came back to my place and Andy cooked a family favourite, his version of Szechuan Chicken. Between the yummy food and the happy people around me, it left me feeling peaceful and happy myself.
I also had a lovely dinner at the Little Moorish Restaurant with my friend and colleague Steve on Friday night. The food was to die for and the service was great. As always, I enjoyed Steve’s company and friendship. Great food, great company — definitely an experience I’d love to repeat.
When I had the cochlear implant assessment, the audiologist sent me the email address of a woman who has had cochlear implants. During the week, I finally got around to contacting her and we have corresponded a little and this afternoon we met for coffee at The Wild Fig Cafe. Diana was born deaf and received her implants one at a time, so her situation was a little different to mine, but it was fascinating to talk with her, see her implants (well, the speech processors anyway — which were totally invisible under her hair) and to just discuss anything that came into my mind at the time. She is a lovely, warm woman and I really appreciate her being willing to take the time out to talk to me.
I’m heading out shortly for dinner (again! Yum!) and altogether it has been a most satisfactory week. Onwards and upwards!