The snow that has been hitting other parts of the U.S. arrived here yesterday. We're expecting accumulations up to 13" before this storm front passes by.
This morning I got up early to go outside and shovel my driveway. It was quiet as all of my neighbors were still sleeping. Rusty kept me company as I shoveled for the next 45 minutes. When I was finished he had accumulated about an inch of snow on his fur! I gave him a good brushing with my mittens before taking him indoors with me.
Then it was rush, rush, rush to get me ready for work and my son ready for school. I knew it would take us extra time driving this morning and I needed to get to work by 8:00 a.m. as I was on the opening shift at the information desk. Once we were underway, I was relieved. Until I realized I had forgotten my hearing aids, that is.
Oops. Well, there was no going back today. We simply didn't have time so I would just have to muddle through somehow. And I did. I didn't mention my lack of hearing aids to anyone at work. I did give alot of people a squinty "Huh!" look throughout the day.
There wasn't much activity at the library early this morning due to the weather and the fact that classes haven't started up again so that was a lucky break for me. One time I didn't hear a soft spoken female patron and she had to repeat, rephrase etc. until I deciphered that she needed to borrow a pen. Charades, anyone?
Several of my patron interactions today involved making change which is pretty easy to figure out when you see someone approaching with money in their hand. There were also the usual mechanical malfunctions which people had no problem raising their voice to tell me about, heh. Calmly, I unplugged the balky machine in question and plugged it back in. That is when the problem wasn't the machine operator, heh.
Throughout the day, I noticed that once people speaking to me moved beyond a certain distance from me, I could no longer hear them. I gestured to draw them in closer. When I got home from work, I fell asleep for an hour and a half I was so tired. Now I really appreciate just how much my hearing aids help me.
Have you ever forgotten your hearing aids?