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My latest entries are protected and only visible for people on my friends list.  If you'd like to be added please just leave a comment letting me know who you are.  Thanks!  -Sara

(The date I gave this entry is my 50th birthday... that ought to be far enough in the future I think!!)

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Date: 2008-06-30 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
hi Sara, it's Mike Reilly. I saw your Betsie post on linkedIn and found my way here.

Date: 2008-07-30 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Sara, you left a comment on my blog (about lipreading). I'm a musician also, although with 2 CI's now, my sense of pitch hasn't quite come back yet. I was just getting there when my other ear crashed; I got my 2nd CI on July 3. I mostly took violin and viola; was in the orchestra in HS and college. But I can't read tenor clef any more. It's been too long. But I still love to sing. I'm interested to read more of your blog here--but, like you, I have too many tabs open already that I want to get read....! Can I be on your friends list? :)

Date: 2008-07-30 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Liz. I was trying to find a photo of a CI and patch cord for someone today and ended up at the advanced bionics site and then your blog. I don't think of myself as a "blogger" really since I hardly ever write more thanmy spur of the moment thoughts, but you're welcome to them!

Music is my biggest reason not to consider myself a CI candidate yet. It is hard though when people tell me my hearing is soo bad and I should get implanted. I guess it's a personal measure that doesn't transfer to a hearing test or audiogram. I listen to music in my car all the time and enjoy it. I play sax every week in a 80 member concert band and enjoy that too.

I guess I just have to trust that I'll know when things get bad enough to want a CI. Hopefully :)

Date: 2008-07-31 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Sara,
If you can still hear well enough to play your sax, you don't need the CI yet. You will know when you want it--and that's not the same thing as when you might qualify for it. I spent a long time on the fence for my first one, then it took another 2 years to figure out getting insurance to cover it. For my second, she told me I qualified and I said I'm not ready for that. I had to register that my loss had progressed; I had to grieve the loss; I had to come to a place where not doing it was worse than doing it. You will know when you are ready. It's not something anyone can tell you or decide for you.

My wish for you is many more years enjoying your saxophone. I was never good enough to play professionally. I needed the second CI to be able to hear my preschool students in the classroom. I was getting there with music with the first CI; now I have to train the second one. BUT--I can recognize the timbre of some different instruments (telling cello from viola or violin), so that gives me hope. I listen to Peter and the Wolf for my auditory therapy. :)

How I would love to come to one of your concerts! I grew up in Rochester, NY. My brother went to RIT and my sister spent some time as an organ major at Eastman. Many roots there.


Date: 2008-08-05 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I meant to say thanks for your very encouraging note. The only people who say I should get a CI are people who've never met me, or looked at a single audiogram and made up their mind. I'll trust you that I'll know when I'm ready.

I'm actually very excited about new technology, either improvements to CIs or implants like the Envoy Medical Esteem that provide more natural hearing. I'm not out to find anything that's invisible, but waterproof would be amazingly great.

I miss Rochester as well. I've been away since 2002 living in NJ and then Washington DC and now Charlottesville VA. I like it here, but Rochester and even my hometown of Binghamton and upstate NY in general... I miss it a lot, especially in the muggy summer months.

Date: 2008-08-05 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oops.. that was me... I need coffee this morning!

Date: 2009-02-22 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmm, 2029, I bet we get there too quickly.

Date: 2009-03-08 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi, you recently posted some comments on my CI blog. May I add you as a friend and vice versa?

Date: 2009-03-08 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Defintely. Would love to chat sometime.

Date: 2010-11-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I looked at your interests and you looked like a friend. Wanna give it a try? :)

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