Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Humans amaze me

I have lived many years, headed toward 75, but I am always amazed at folks who have severe handicaps, and act if nothing is wrong. Many go on to win awards, excel in medicine, academia or other research.

It takes much extra effort.  I mentioned the deaf and blind Vet I saw the other day, now deaf and blind is a CHALLENGE.

I think growing up I was amazed by Helen Keller as much as anyone. What an amazing story.

As I have entered on this Blog, Sherry and I had the privilege of having dinner with Bill Irwin and his lovely wife.  Bill is the only blind person to hike the Appalachian Trail. At the time we met them they were building their own home in Maine. I mean, they were building it, not subcontracting it.

What got me thinking of this was the men and women severely injured by the  bombs at the Boston Marathon.  What a challenge they face. One day having two good legs, now without one or both.

I asked the Audiologist about the Cochlea Implant for me. I was wondering if my age would make me ineligible. She said I would be a candidate, then proceeded to tell me how much involved the whole process was.

Our friend Ora, who seldom blogs anymore, has first hand knowledge. We visited with them once, I think maybe I need to talk to her again. She is also one tough cookie.

My Aunt Georgia was blind, but could get around in her house and appear to be seeing. She told me once how she knew a glass or cup was about full.  And as far as getting around in the house, she remembered the steps from one point to the next.

Ray Charles and Stevie wonder on the piano.

Many many more out there that make impossible look easy.  My hat is off to them.

Nite Shipslog


The one thing these guys have in common, is determination and a desire to reach a goal.

I have heard that Winston Churchill was born in a bathroom of a dance hall.


Future VW Hover craft

The futuristic Volkswagen.  It hovers, even goes above cars in traffic.



You gotta like this ‘37 Hudson Terreplane



I think it would be wonderful if a Cochlea Implant works for you.

Paula said...

Yes I too wish the implant would work for you. Don't think John would have the patience. I want one of those little hovering things. I've always said I wish I had a little helecopter that would just lift me up just about the wires and let me down where I needed to be.

shirl72 said...

Glad you got the car ready to roll.

If I remember correctly Dick had
a Hudson Terreplane once. We
rode in it but I don't remember
where we were going. I was trying
to think of that cars name today.
His was probably 4 dr. I remember
it was big.

Lucy said...

I think you should go for the implant. I know they are so expensive but I can tell in the last year I have been blogging with you, the hearing loss is worse. My man Joe is going to be your man Joe if he gets up in argue mode this morning. To top it off it turned much colder and I was up in the middle of the night closing windows.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's amazing what can be done and the success often depends on ones outlook and attitude.

Jackie said...

I am VERY interested in what you find out about the cochlea implant. My Daddy has looked into surgery regarding his hearing loss. He will be 87 this year, but he is in great health. I look forward to reading about what you find out.

Chatty Crone said...

Gosh that would be wonderful if you could get that implant!!!