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weekend and hearing (or lack thereof)
People keep asking me about my weekend. I honestly remember almost nothing from the weekend. I'm not kidding. I can't remember Friday night. I can't remember if we did anything on Saturday, but I'm guessing not. I can't remember Saturday night. The only thing I remember from Sunday is that we took Julian and a friend's son, Dovid, to ExploraWorld in Columbia. I did not enjoy ExploraWorld one bit. I can't hear out of my right ear at all and the din in there is just horrifying. I couldn't hear myself think, and certainly couldn't hear anything anyone said to me. Additionally, ExploraWorld strictly enforces a 1:5 adult to parent ratio at all times. Right. It was very clear that our 1:1 ratio (Seth with Julian, me with Dovid) worked much better. I can't imagine having to chase Julian and drag Dovid around chasing him all at the same time. Too hard. So when Julian started wandering, Seth followed and Dovid and I continued playing until Dovid was ready to move on and then we went looking for Seth and Julian. Fortunately, the boys had a good time.

Speaking of not being able to hear out of my right ear... I know a lot of it is that I've been sick for a while, and PART of it is that I'm prone to ear infections, but this is getting ridiculous. I haven't been able to hear much, if anything, out of my right ear in probably 2 or 3 months. I know, like I said, that a lot of it is that I've been all congested and yucky. But this seems a little riduclous. Decongestants, antihistamines, and steroids have all failed to provide relief with regards to my hearing. So at what point do I worry and ask my doctor about it? I've also had a sinus headache for about a week. I am not used to sinus headaches. I'll take a migraine over this any day. At least with a migraine, I know how to get rid of it!

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 22nd, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it's affecting your hearing, I'd say the time to talk to your doctor has arrived. I don't know what he/she might be able to tell you or do, but ... please do talk to the doctor.

Re: headaches: A friend of my mothers had suffered from migraines and her life and used to tease my mother, who bequeathed her bum sinuses to me, that she didn't know what a real headache was. Then this person got her first sinus headache ever a few years ago. She apologized to my mother for all the teasing, saying, "Now I know what you mean." Sinus headaches are evil. Standing in a hot shower does provide me with some temporary relief, but obviously you can't spend your working day in the shower. (Plus the hot water has this nasty habit of running out.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 22nd, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I've been getting migraines since I was a toddler. While I can't say the PAIN of a sinus headache is worse... its persistence definitely is and I HATE IT!
From: lola100 Date: February 22nd, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
My 3 year old son was having trouble hearing me for a couple weeks. Everything I said to him was answered with "WHAT?" and I would have to repeat it louder. I finally got nervous enough that I took him to the doctor. He said he had so much fluid in his ears he wasn't surprised he wasn't able to hear me. He put him on antibiotics for a sinus infection. And... he heard me this morning when I whispered! Yay!

You should definitely go to the doctor.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 22nd, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know there's fluid in my ears. I've been getting ear infections about every 6-8 weeks for the last, oh, six months or so. I get at least 4 a year, I'd guess, but it's gotten worse lately.

The problem is, there apparently isn't much they can do about it. I went to an ENT and he basically said, you've got this thing called something in Latin that I'll never be able to reproduce, and you're going to be stuck with ear infections for, oh, the rest of your life.

It's just that even when I don't have an ear infection, it seems like this hearing loss has been CONSTANT. I am not appreciating it. I feel like I'm under water.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 22nd, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
i bet you even use the phone on your right ear too? that's gotta suck. i know most ppl talk on the phone on their right ear :(

and people treat you like CRAP when you cant hear :( i feel your pain.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 22nd, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
No kidding. I have actually had arguments with my husband over this issue.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 22nd, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
b/c you can't hear?

i've been hearing impaired my whole life. and ppl are NASTY. even if you tell them! and if you dont mention it...you get the whole "are you deaf or something?" ugh.

its the worst on the phone when you can't hear at ALL. and when you put the phone up to your ear...your hearing aid whistles so you have eto sorta tilt the phone...but then you can't hear! and ppl REFUSE to speak up! i've actually told ppl to call back later b/c i can't hear them and they aren't cooperating
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 22nd, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have hearing issues. Eventually, I'll probably have to get a hearing aid. I know this. I hate it, but I'm all too aware of it. My husband, on the other hand, has talking issues. When he's tired, he mutters and slurs his words, and he has absolutely no idea he's doing it because he can hear himself fine. When I ask him to speak up, he either continues muttering or starts speaking too loudly and too precisely -- there's no in-between when he's in that state. (It's a man thing.) We both get annoyed with each other and end up snapping and snarling.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 22nd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
hearing aids aren't all that bad. except for the phone. which is why i loath the phone with all my hearta nd soul.

and yeah...SOOOOOOOO many ppl are just like your husband. and i HATE it when they do that loud and precise thing. you should see the movie hear no evil see no evil ro smething like that. it does have bad langaugue though. there's this one part where a guy goes "be. cause. he. is. deaf. not. stu. pid."
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 22nd, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's even more annoying because he is generally so easy to get along with! One of the weird things about being married is how the little things put me into a tizzy.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 22nd, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
my hubby is the same way. hes wonderufl but he doesn't understand when i say i dont hear him. they do get frustrated.
From: have_inner_lady Date: February 22nd, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)


nobody should be allowed into those fun-for-kid places with more kids than they have adult hands. 1:5 (adults to kids, I presume?) is a joke.

the local kid place occasionally has the problem on Friday/Saturday nights that, upon closing at midnight, there is an abandonned child somewhere wandering around. one time, the parent had gone home minus a child and had fallen asleep.

freakin' litters of kids... ugh!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 23rd, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: grrr.

oops. yeah, adults to kids.

I'd be fine with 1:2, really. There's no reason I couldn't have been there with Dovid and Julian together without Seth, except that I wasn't feeling fabulous, so I would have been even more miserable. I think with toddlers, it's harder, but if I had two 6 year olds, I'm not sure it would have been such a big deal since they're a little more independent (of course it completely depends on the disposition of the 6 year olds!).
hopeness From: hopeness Date: February 23rd, 2005 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, even 1:2 (you, Julian and Dovid) isn't bad... just remember I'm 1:8 on a daily basis!!!! I don't even like taking my kids to a different room of the daycare, let alone to one of those places!
I feel for you and your ear. I feel like I've been sick since I started this job.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 23rd, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, sure, 1:2 is totally acceptable. It just wouldn't have worked for ME that day because I wasn't feeling well and I was a little slower than usual. I'm not suggesting that it has to be 1:1...that's asking a lot. But 1:5 is a bit much, particularly when parents are bringing 5 kids of completely different ages, so they're all over the place. If they're focused on an activity together, that's a little easier.

And sure, you're 1:8 on a regular basis. But first, you're insane. And second, you get paid to do it. And third, your kids are in the same room, not running around in multiple rooms with you trying to split your time 8 ways. Your kids, theoretically do similar activities in a similar space most of the time. Oh, and did I mention, fourth, you're crazy.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: February 23rd, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your kids, theoretically do similar activities in a similar space most of the time.

That's the funniest thing I've heard all day. Let's take lunch as an example. Well, one will need to pee, one will run into the bathroom just to be a pain, one will be under the table, one will be standing on their chair, and, if I'm lucky, the rest will actually be eating something instead of having a sword fight with their forks or sticking their fists into their milk glasses.

To address your points:
1) yes, certifiably
2) parking lot attendants generally make more than I do
3) see above
4) yes again

Only two more days though. And Toronto is a huge place, I will be able to be very chosey about where I work. I'd love to have an arrangement like your nanny does.
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