Practicing patience!!!

The last time I checked in, which was in early May, my cochlear implant surgery at Mayo-Rochester was complete and I was in a two-week healing mode. (See my previous blog for surgery details.)
It has been nearly four weeks since surgery. Just over a week ago the implant was turned on in what is called activation. And, I returned to Rochester for a scheduled adjustment the next day.
The follow-up appointment with surgeon, Dr. Brian Neff, went very well. He was pleased with my progress and expects my hearing to continue to improve.
Recovery has progressed as expected. Overall, my hearing is not like it will be in the future because it takes time - usually 6 months to a year - for the brain to become accustomed to the new device. It definitely is an adjustment. It takes commitment and effort.
Currently, voices and other sounds I hear resemble the way we hear underwater. Like gurgling.
Not only that, men’s voices sound lower than normal and they seem to be speaking slower than before surgery.
Female voices sound like Mini Mouse, even when I’m listening to music. It’s comical and puts a smile on my face. So, I’m not complaining. Once fully recovered, I’ll actually be kind of sad Mini Mouse no longer will be singing my favorite tunes!!
Not only can I hardly wait for life to get back to normal, but for it to be even better! However, patience is the key!
And so I have learned…”Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” Barbara Johnson
Amen to that, sister. Amen to that!!!