Thursday, May 8, 2008


I woke up last night having the strangest experience.......My husband was just laying there touching my cochlear implants. Not touching my face, telling me how nice I look sleeping. Not my hair and moving it out of my face. My implants!

Went back to sleep and about an hour later, I woke up again to him touching my cochlear implants. I said that is it!!! I sat up and scared him. " Alex, why are you touching my implants."

He said, I wanted to feel how they felt and ......
think of what they have given us
your self-esteem
that smile again
our family
most importantly, he said he just sat there and reflected on 20 years together. How we have overcome so much.
And the future together
So, I kissed him and hugged him then I said, Alex this implant is only successful because I wanted to hear Jenna's voice and enjoy a movie with you. It is a lot of work on me - then I was corrected us. So we went back to sleep, this time he hugged me.
That evening, I asked Alex. Is this the first time you have touched my cochlear implants at night? He shook his head, I do it every night because I'm thankful for them. Wow, who knew.
(Yes, this really happen, Also I asked for him to make sure I am really really asleep.)


Candy said...


Anonymous said...

I know you are bilateral, but you are also bilateral in sack too?

mishkazena said...

You wear the cochlear implants during sleep?

Valerie said...

Not the speech processor, the internal cochlear implant part.

Jennifer said...

Aw, sweet! I have to say, though, that if I ever woke up and my hubby was doing that someone would get hurt...I don't like being touched while I'm asleep!
I just wish mine appreciated my CI as much as yours does. You're blessed with a husband who, it seems, really cares.

Abbie said...

That is love! I think you got a sentimental one :)

lol @ lane: I just lol'd at my monitor at work!

Jennifer: Same here, I am liable to do a roundhouse kick if someone touched me LOL!

mishkazena said...

Ahh, the internal cochlear implant part.

Oh, that is so sweet of your hubby. :)

Paula Rosenthal said...

You have one awesome husband! :) Your post (and his words) illustrate that cochlear implants do more than just enhance the quality of life of the users, but also those of the family members and friends around us.

Off topic, DD over at AllDeaf is NOT a parent. You can email me privately for more info.

Valerie said...

Thanks I do think he is awesome(most of the time). He is so understanding even as I go singing at the top of my lungs thoughtout the house.

Cochlear implants were not just my choice, it effects the whole family. My family has been fantastic with everything from an ipod to sitting down breaking down pronounications for me. I count my blessings everyday for each one of them.


Cyborg Queen said...

What a romantic story. Roy felt me up once (get your dirty mind out), and was all "oh interesting", and left it at that. He much rather touch other parts of my body if you know what I mean. :-D *snickers*