Monday, January 18, 2010
A Simple Parking Lot
The other day as we were leaving the audiologist, we were walking on the roof level of a parking deck, out in the open, amongst all the airplanes, the traffic below on the busy streets of downtown during lunch hour, and a soft breeze. While walking to our car, I was having a conversation with my bilaterally deaf but bilaterally implanted child who is hopping around, excited his appointment is over, not a care in the world. With less than optimal hearing in the noisy environment, he hopped along, in the middle of the parking aisle, as I scanned all over for moving cars, ears perked for idling motors, and all of a sudden he jumped out of skin nearly and shouted "Whoa! That scared me!"...scared me too. As we passed one of the over sized SUVs the driver cranked his vehicle, one that could kill a small child, even in a parking deck. Thank goodness for those cochlear implants. One day he'll be walking thru those parking decks alone, without Mom's ears listening for him. I'll sleep better knowing he has a tool to help keep him safe and that he is fortunate enough for it to work so well!
When we got up this morning we again went over our fire plan and discussed what we do during a fire, what to do when we can't hear during a fire, and all confidence was restored that we can get ourselves out of a fire, not waiting around on husbands, or mamas or daddies to do it for us. She shouts, "But what about stop, drop, cover and roll?" And then I realized my princess WAS LISTENING to the school counselor during an assembly on fire safety, I've never said "stop, drop, cover, roll", (when I was growing up it was simply stop/drop/roll). Another safety blessing with my kids hearing with cochlear implants, what they don't get in full from us, they can hopefully pick up from their teachers and other people we rely on to help teach our kids.
(For those of you who are wondering, they do make safety products for the deaf such as strobe light fire alarms, etc. we just don't have them yet but will be getting those soon!)