Dear DeafRead Editors:
Tales from a CI Gal Dear DeafRead Human Editors, JJ, Elizabeth, Amy, Carrie, Jared, and Tayler,I am in discord. I'm frustrated and disappointed with this turn of events. As a deaf person, you have violated my trust and my respect. JJ left a comment on Ben's blog. I have not heard anything from any other of the Human Editors. Here is my comment from Ben's site: "What is interesting i...
Thu, Jun 05 2008
Mom was right! I'm not deaf enough!
Tales from a CI Gal This afternoon what a shock when I was doing my pre-dinner blogging, that Cochlear Implant Online [link] has been removed from DeafRead site. I decided to read CI Online and other bloggers. I'm flabbergasted since when is volunteering with an organization a commerical site.We can sugar coat it anyway you want, plain and simple, Rachel's views are viewed as not d/Dea...
Wed, Jun 04 2008
Big D, Little d
Tales from a CI Gal When my mom was begging for guidance, she was toldshe is not d/Deaf enough When I started wearing hearing aids and looking for my place in the world as a childI was not d/Deaf enough As my hearing dripped to nothing, and I wanted to go to college.I was not d/Deaf enough As I found my place as teacher even though I struggled to find a job because I was deaf.I still was...
Wed, May 21 2008
IEP - It is all about crossing t's and doting i's
Tales from a CI Gal --- are so many educational jargon that is used in development of an IEP it leaves others speechless or signless. The process involved in development and assessment for an IEP is a process and the document is developed yearly. There are several documents involve in identification of special education services. I want to discuss the Individualized Education Program. I...
Sun, May 18 2008
Tales from a CI Gal I woke up last night having the strangest experience.......My husband was just laying there touching my cochlear implants. Not touching my face, telling me how nice I look sleeping. Not my hair and moving it out of my face. My implants!Went back to sleep and about an hour later, I woke up again to him touching my cochlear implants. I said that is it!!! I sat up and sc...
Thu, May 08 2008
What hood do you belong to?
Tales from a CI Gal My goodness how many hoods do I belong too? Wow, too many to count. I decided to reflect using my prior knowledge on what hood and why. Remember these are not dictionary definitions, just my thoughts. If you want to look up the definitions, here is a web site - [link] Teacherhood is a fellowship of educators who have a degrees in education. They may teach, be admini...
Fri, May 02 2008
Mrs. D, are you deaf?
Tales from a CI Gal On Monday afternoon a bubbly, third grader came bouncing up to me during hall duty."Jenna said, you are deaf, are you?" bubbly third grader said."Yes, I am." I stated backWAITWhen did I become deaf? A year ago, I would have corrected the student by said no, I'm hard of hearing. I just use hearing aids, but I am just like you.I am not sure when I started to develop my ...
Wed, Apr 30 2008
Technology - How did we survive before them?
Tales from a CI Gal On our recent trip to Nashville for Jenna's dance competition, a voice boomed out in the quiet car. Turn right now! Travel 4.5 miles on I24 to exit 24. What sound, what memory, what accurate directions.....What in the world did I do without a GPS!I wondered how I made it 2, 5 or 10 years ago with some of the current technology that I have surrounded my life with. When...
Sun, Apr 27 2008
Why I love CI Children's Blogs?
Tales from a CI Gal The reason why I love to read CI children's blogs are it gives me a glimmer into what my mom had to go through with me. Thirty-six years ago mom did not have the support system or Internet that is in place today. I went through school without an IEP, FM system, CART, Interpreter, or note taker. I had only one year of speech therapy. But I had Mom and Dad! I admire the...
Wed, Apr 16 2008
Can any of them talk too?
Tales from a CI Gal I thought I heard it all. This one comment just kicked it! WTF!Can any of them talk too?It was posted as a comment following a fantastic video on ASL-Cochlear Implant Community: [link] I was raised an oral deaf student. I was very successful. I have been a successful adult. I wear CIs and love them, BUT it is wrong to pass judgement on others because they do not fo...
Tue, Apr 15 2008
But Mom, I'm deaf!!!!
Tales from a CI Gal This weekend I was reminded of something I use to say to my mom when I was growing up. But mom, I'm deaf! I can't do it, I don't know how. But mom, I can't hear!This pass weekend I had the joy of watching my daughter dance at dance competition in Nashville. There is nothing better than watching your child do something with so much effort and determination. Then over t...
Sun, Apr 06 2008
Kindergarten ASL...my way...
Tales from a CI Gal Finally back to good Tennessee after a week vacation to moms. Glad to be back.Before I left, my wonderful niece Paisley(named after Brad Paisley), called me and asked if I would teach her class sign language. How do you say no, I don't know enough.....I said yes, of course.So I went to Pay's kindergarten class armored with my ASL book and an ABC book to teach with. I ...
Mon, Mar 31 2008
What I want for Christmas?
Tales from a CI Gal Sunday night my Bionic Buddy, Abbie and I were chatting. I told her we need to bling out our CIs - you know put our fake diamonds, rubies and pearls. The good stuff. So I google "Bling cochlear Implant". Look what came up, a bling out hearing aid. Wow, I want one! It is only $50,000. Since I wear two it is only $100,000! Showed my husband that I found my Christmas gif...
Tue, Mar 25 2008
Bilateral Cochlear Implants
Tales from a CI Gal Why did I decide to do bilateral cochlear implants and also do them at the same time?My process started 5 years ago, when I was finally realized that hearing aids were not going to help my hearing. It took 4 years to accept that I was going deaf. When I finally called for my appointment at Vanderbilt Medical Center, I had reached my point - accepting the next step. My...
Sun, Mar 23 2008
What have I learned?
Tales from a CI Gal After a trying day of teaching 5th graders how to figure the area of a triangle, a square, and a rectangle, I'm exhausted! No matter how many ways I explained it, or how many examples, or even how many days I went over it. They still had this puzzled look on their faces. I have come to a realization that it is not my teaching it is that they automatically see it as ha...
Tue, Mar 18 2008
How can a word cause so much pain?
Tales from a CI Gal I want to share with you my experiences. I can't wait to explain the changes in my life, since my cochlear implants. Better I want to tell you about how wearing hearing aids as a child really helped. How I am having a difficult time learning ASL.Oh well,Nevermind!
Thu, Mar 06 2008
Cochlear Implant Science Experiment
Tales from a CI Gal Just a quick posting, as we are off to dance competition this weekend. My lovely daughter did her science fair experiment on Which Magnet will stick to a cochlear implant. As you can see she won 2nd place in the school competition. I am very proud of her hard work. This project grow from a natural curiosity into why is mom putting magnets on her head! She wanted to s...
Fri, Feb 29 2008
Tales from a CI Gal How would you feel if your child had a teacher who was deaf? Okay, Okay let me make myself clear - How would you feel if your hearing child had a regular education teacher who was deaf?Hmmm...This has been the debate I was part of today. Because what do teachers do on a day off, but talk about education and stress. I wondered what the parents of my past students felt ...
Mon, Feb 18 2008
A CI make over
Tales from a CI Gal How did I get a CI make over. Judge for yourself.This is after.This is before How did I get a CI make over - judge for yourself. I am new to this type of posting, so I hope you understand that I had to cut and paste it a number of times to get it right. I just hope you can see why my CIs may not be a "miracle", but they are darn better than my hearing aids ever could ...
Wed, Feb 13 2008
My daughter's view of mom's CIs.
Tales from a CI Gal From the mouth of my child.I asked my wonderful and talented daughter to write a posting for today blog. She said, mom what do I write. I told her to choose. Let me prepare you that my smart, silly daughter has a mind of her own. She decided to make it a question and answer posting.Topic: What is it like to have a mom who has Cochlear Implants?Mom: What do you think i...
Thu, Jan 31 2008
Who is that child?
Tales from a CI Gal Who is that child? . . . . Who that child? . . . . Who child?I know what you thought, I can't believe you thought that?No way . . . This was my first sign language sentence I learned last night.I can't believe you thought that!Okay back to the topic. I started my first ASL class last night. It is offered by the local church with three teachers. Two are deaf and one is...
Thu, Jan 24 2008
First ASL Class
Tales from a CI Gal I signed up today for ASL class. Several years ago I took a beginners class, but since I don't use it everyday I lost most of it. My nine year old daughter and I will start class on Wednesday night. I am very excited.I would never had been able to make this choice without reading the positive blogs and viewing the beautiful vlogs. Not only am I learning more about De...
Mon, Jan 21 2008
A CI break!
Tales from a CI Gal After almost 6 months of Cochlear Implants, I decided to give myself a CI break today. A do not put on, do not use, do not look at, do not view break today. So how was my day?Quiet, peaceful, lonely, and a headacheI usually get up in the morning and put on my cochlear implants, so I can listen to my ipod. With the break today, no music. I usually get to sit down with ...
Sun, Jan 20 2008
Diversity or Uniformity
Tales from a CI Gal I was involve with a debate on Cochlear Implants for children and adults. I respect others opionions and experiences. I have had a positive experience with my CIs. I love it. I can't wait to put them on in the morning. They empower me!I feel very strongly that in order for the Deaf Community to grow, they need to celebrate its diversity.I am not putting the person's n...
Sun, Jan 20 2008
Why I Wear CIs - Val's top ten
Tales from a CI Gal Why I get up each morning and wear my Cochlear Implants.10. I have to have something to stick to the magnets, or else I stick to the metal doors at school.9. So I can listen to "Everyone What to Rule the World" for 200 times, and not one can stop me. Except my singing, that is just plain scary.8. To have a chalkboard/white board moment. and of course squeaky sneaker...
Wed, Jan 16 2008
Handicapped or Disabled
Tales from a CI Gal This is from an imperfect memory, from a very imperfect daughter."I can raise you either handicap or with a disability using your ability!""Your not handicapped, you just can't hear well, if you want, you can do anything you want."After I had surgery for bilateral Cochlear Implants, I asked mom questions.*Why did you raise me oral deaf?*Why didn't I learn ASL(American...
Fri, Jan 11 2008
My life and random thoughts
Tales from a CI Gal 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 Implants at age 38.I had rheumatic fever around age 3. It damaged my hearing and heart. My hearing loss is a sensorineural hearing loss.*This means that a Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there...
Fri, Jan 11 2008
Why I Can't Stop The Music!
Tales from a CI Gal I can't pin point when the music stopped for me, I just know for the last 20 years I lost the music. I lost the magic of instruments and the glory of voices. I lost the magic of how music just made me feel just so happy(need a new word).Fast forward..................I found it - a week after activation. Of course it sounded terrible, just plain horrible. :( I was dete...
Fri, Jan 11 2008
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