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Lori Linna column: Humor, patience ease struggles

1:57 PM, Jan. 23, 2013  |  Comments
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Occasionally I use this time of year to share my experiences of being both hearing and sight impaired. Today's column has to do with what it is like to live with someone who has those conditions. The following are two examples of conversations which recently took place in our house. The first instance has to do with being legally blind.

I was looking for my magnifying glass and walked into the family room where my husband was sitting on the couch working on his laptop.

"Have you seen my magnifying glass?" I ask.

"It's right there on the table," he answers without looking up from his computer screen.

"Which table?"

"The one next to the chair."

"Which chair?" I keep inquiring, starting to get annoyed.

"The brown one," he says patiently.

"Which brown chair?" I shriek because all of our furniture is brown to match all of the dirt.

Finally he sighs but is still very calm, "The table next to the brown leather chair."

Spotting it, I thank him profusely while happily picking up my magnifying glass and leaving the room.

The next example has to do with being hard of hearing. One wintery afternoon my daughter and I sat down at the kitchen table to have lunch. I had made grilled cheese sandwiches while she had set out the chips and sodas. She could see the television from where she was sitting and was keeping an eye on the weather channel. After taking a sip of soda, she turned to me saying "Boy that Terry Polk sure is pretty," before turning her attention back to the television.

"Who is Terry Polk?" I ask, thinking it was a meteorologist I hadn't seen yet.

"I don't know, who?" she says looking at me with an all too familiar expression I have come to dread.

"Didn't you just say, 'Boy that Terry Polk sure is pretty?'" I respond, repeating her statement.

"Oh no," she starts laughing," I said, 'Boy that Cherry Coke sure is fizzy." We both got a chuckle out of that one and still bring it up once in awhile.

While it certainly isn't easy living with disabilities, it sure isn't a walk in the park to live with someone who has them either. To my family and all of you who put up with me and others who deal with life's daily struggles, thank you for your support, your sense of humor and most of all, your patience. It really does make a difference.

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