Many friends and family members know that for a number of years I have been hard of hearing. The hearing loss was gradual leading to the need of a hearing aid in my left ear first and then when I almost totally lost my hearing in my right ear, I got an aid for it too. However, even with these devices I had trouble hearing in most situations, especially when I was visiting with children. Of course it is important for me to understand what children are saying to me as Santa Claus, and there have been many embarrassing moments and some humorous when I misunderstood what they wanted me to bring them for "Christ"mas.
Recently I have been consulting with a physician about having a cochlear implant inserted to assist my hearing. After many tests by audiologists and the physician, I have decided to follow through and have this procedure. Like any surgery that requires sedation and healing, I'm nervous about having this operation, which will occur this Wednesday, but the most important underlying reason for my decision is so I can hear every word my little friends are saying to me as well as my family members.
For that reason, I would greatly appreciate your prayers for this procedure and the resulting healing process that will be taking place as I enter the "Christ"mas season this year. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, I should actually be able to use the device a few days before "Christ"mas and I can't think of a better gift to give myself or my loved ones than to be able to hear and understand what they are saying to me.
As I have prayed over this decision the song "Do You Hear What I Hear" has been brought to my memory:
Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
A song, a song, high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea