MINE EYES NOW SEE THE GLORY OF EVERYTHING!
I had no idea he was talking to me. My hearing was gone in the left ear and none too good in the right. I went to the doctor the next day. Between my asking people, “What?” and people telling me to stop shouting for the last couple of weeks I should have known something was wrong.
The doctor took one look in my ears and said, “Wax.”
“YOU HAVE WAX. THAT IS WHY YOU CAN’T HEAR.”
“I HAVE CASH, BUT I DON”T WANT A BEER.”
It turns out cleaning your ears with a cue tip is not always a good idea. The doctor explained to me that the cue tip was kind of like a plunger compressing wax against the ear drum. When a little water gets between the wax and the ear drum it is as if you are in a sound-proof room.
The doctor used a turkey baster like syringe and power washed the inside of my ears. After several blasts, two ear plug like wax molds popped out of my ears (I know disgusting isn’t it.) Freed from my sound-proof room I marveled at all the sounds I had forgotten existed.
I stepped out of the office and heard birds chirping…oh, I remember them. I was fascinated that when cars went by on the highway they made a whooshing sound. I had forgotten how loud water sounded against a shower curtain and it was amazing how loud my own voice was. It is surprising that when you slowly lose a sense you don’t really miss it, but it is such a delight when you get that sense back.
I recently underwent cataract surgery on both my eyes. My fogged over lenses were removed and replaced with new flexible adjusting lenses that were not only clean and clear but make wearing glasses an unnecessary requirement of the past.
As my eyes recovered from the surgery, it reminded me of my release from deafness those many years ago. I had forgotten what white was. I did not know that colors could be so bright or that shapes and print could be so crisp and sharp. Did you know the speedometer in most cars shows speed not only in MPH, but inside the MPH, in tiny numbers, also displays the speed in KM? I Know!
I never really missed bright colors or crisp sharp shapes and numbers, but I sure do appreciate them now. I enjoy no longer requiring tri-focal glasses to read, watch TV or drive a car.
I just need to get over the feeling that I am forgetting something whenever I go anywhere. I have to stop pushing my non-existent glasses up over my nose and I have to quit adjusting the angle of my head to change my view through the non-existent tri-focal lenses.
One of the reasons healthcare is so expensive today is because they can now do really neat stuff like turning old eyes into new.