Twinkle hadn’t even taken up her moaning post when I walked out of the bedroom. I think I surprised her. When I did my body test, I came in with a Wii Fit Age of 20. I don’t remember how many times that’s happened this month but my balance test came in a perfect 50% for each side. That’s something that is pretty rare—maybe the fourth time since I’ve been testing.
The day started out bright and sunny and the a/c switched on by noon Tommie Time. It’s early in the day for that. As the afternoon wore on, the clouds started building. The rain started out rather gently but it got harder and harder until it pounded down. It didn’t last long and when I emptied the rain gauge, it showed 5/8″.
My appointment with the audiologist was at 2:30 TT. When I opened the front door, I was met by the sight of two packages. One was kelp noodles that I ordered on sale. I couldn’t leave them out in the heat. Usually, the UPS man rings the doorbell but he didn’t today. I grabbed a knife and one of my large shopping bags and set to work unloading the box. I filled the bag as full as I dared and finished off with a small box.
It was 10 minutes until my appointment time when I pulled out of the driveway. I just knew I’d be late but I got to the office at 2:31 TT and she was still busy with a client. I settled down with a Reader’s Digest to pass the time.
A couple came out and the male half asked me how a man and a fish are alike. He laughed hard at his own joke when he told me, “They both get into trouble when they open their mouths!” He noticed my Tek remote and he asked if I could use it with the TV and telephone. When I said yes, he remarked that he really liked it. So do I.
A few minutes later I was taken into the Inner Sanctum. She had me take my left hearing aid off so she could listen to it with her stethoscope and hear the static. Nada. Nothing. I told her it comes and goes. She said she hates the intermittent problems because they always seemed to behave when they shouldn’t. Taking the stem off, she ran a cleaning straw through the tube and out came some Stuff. The aid, itself, was clean. She put it back together and handed it to me. I put it on and it started the static. “Quick! Hand it to me!” I did and she was able to hear it. She pronounced it a bad mic and gave it back to me.
We discussed hearing aids and nursing home residents and how no one where Genese is has ever had experience ordering aids for anyone. She said it made her sad because that means Genese probably isn’t the only one in need. I wonder how many residents are off in their own little worlds because they can’t hear.
As I prepared to leave, she asked me if I wanted to wait until my aid pooped out completely or if I wanted her to send it in for repair or replacement—something Seimens will decide. I told her I’d just as soon go ahead and get it taken care of. She got her box of “loaners” and found one that would do until mine comes back. It’s gray where mine is gold.
She plugged me into the computer and proceeded to delete the program that belonged to the last person who wore it. It works with the Tek but it only has three programs rather than the five mine has. I had to be very quiet while she paired it with my right aid and the Tek. That took several minutes. Then she set the volume on it. Mine will go out in the morning. She said they’re good about the turnaround time but I still don’t know how long I’ll have to wear this one.
I can tell a difference in the sound quality. I don’t know how many adjustments this one has but it’s nowhere near what I’m used to. I’m sure I’ll have to wear it to church. That will prove interesting. Besides the setting for the Tek, I have automatic and noisy. I’m used to having music and outdoors, too. Oh well, it isn’t forever.
My supper was three of the sorry mangoes that aren’t Ciruli Brothers and a kiwifruit that was ripe enough to eat but little flavor plus a little less than half an avocado mashed up on two pieces of gluten-free toast. It was sprinkled with kala namak.
The information for Genese’s aids is slowly coming together. The doctor’s order is the only thing that’s missing. Medicare has to be billed first to get a denial and then TennCare. Her phone came today and she is thrilled. Here’s the phone and this is the remote control pendant. Nursing wouldn’t attempt to set it up so she has to wait until tomorrow when the maintenance man will be called upon. She thanked me for making it possible but it was the audiologist who had me take her the form. I was just the courier.
When I dosed Twinkle tonight, a lot of it went on one of my long-sleeved t-shirts advertising my ex-hospital. I sprayed it thoroughly with Spray ‘n Wash. If it doesn’t come out, it’s no big deal.