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Mary Featherston

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  1. @Mary Beth if the situation in May hasn't changed much (and I suspect it won't have) then I'd be surprised if my appointment weren't cancelled. Even our veterinarian is only seeing ill and injured animals, not doing checkups.
  2. We are still going to work - one thing you can't do remotely is manufacture tape. But we are cancelling in-person meetings and we all try to stay 6 feet apart. Anyone with symptoms or who has been in contact with someone with symptoms is required to stay home and self-isolate. We are lucky in that 3M will pay people while they're self-isolating and our health coverage pays for the tests. So far no confirmed cases in either the county I work in or the one I live in. If I could stay home and ride it out I'd be very confident indeed that we wouldn't catch is, we are way out in the country -
  3. @Dave in Pittsburgh - you should email in May. Jenna emailed me today and said that Med-El is cancelling everything for the next 30 days so I've probably missed my chance this year. But by June the coronavirus should be tapering off, I'd think, though after watching an interview with an epidemiologist last night I'm bloody well terrified and quite glad not to be flying anywhere. But deeply disappointed not to be able to participate in the research.
  4. So, heading into the geometric growth in COVID-19 cases.....dunno if I really want to fly anywhere, particularly since I've heard that several airports have confirmed cases - among the TSA agents! Sweet. I emails Jenna at Med-El and asked her what they were recommending. She is talking to her boss. I really, really don't want to miss the opportunity but I just don't know about flying. I'd be glad to drive but as the airfare was non-refundable I doubt Med-El would be able to let me be reimbursed for the mileage and two extra hotel nights. So I'm waiting to hear.
  5. Today I was listening to music while driving home from work. My car has a USB port in the console so I can load it up with lots of mp3 tracks and run it on random. Today I got a track that I haven't heard in a while - Hugh Laurie playing piano and singing "St. James Infirmary". The piano sounded great - such depth to the tones.
  6. Welcome, @verokine, and best wishes for your son!
  7. I hadn't heard of it. Not sure I want to pay $25/month though.
  8. I use the hair clip too. It doesn't look as cool, but as John noted, you also don't lose your processor.
  9. @Mary Beth yep, I'm going to miss that deck. It goes all along the back of the house to the left and has a lot of shade and privacy in summer.
  10. Ha, @Mary Beth, that's exactly what I posted to FB this morning - a picture of my backyard and the comment "clean snow".
  11. We just got about six inches of snow, as as my husband is two counties away, I went out to clear the driveway. I don't use the snowblower much and don't recall much about using it, so I just shoveled, the snow is light and fluffy. But I put a hat on - I'd never worn a hat over the Rondo2s before. Worked really nicely, though. Two of my neighbors walked over for a chat (nothing like everyone being out clearing their driveways to forge a bond) and we talked for a bit and shoveled for a bit. I've never been used to wearing hats because they made my hearing aids beep. It's nice to know t
  12. @Mary Beth oh, I'm really glad to have the option of the Rondo2s. Some days my ears get fairly irritated by the Sonnets and it's nice to give them a rest. But I do like the two mics on the Sonnets.
  13. Yes, but it's not daily now because I haven't brought my chargers out to the new house. (Yes, we're still working on it....) But I use them pretty much exclusively on weekends, unless we go to a restaurant. Anyplace with background noise I still prefer Sonnets.
  14. @Kellygood best of wishes for your surgery! Being bilateral is wonderful - I hope everything goes well for you!
  15. Bilateral here, with Sonnets and Rondo2s. Each morning I get up and do my shower and whatnot, have breakfast and then when I get dressed I put on the processors. I'd probably do it earlier but my husband doesn't get up when I do. I use Sonnets for work and usually don't change the program at all unless there's a lot of background noise and then I change from Omni to Adaptive. I wear my processors till I go to bed. Hearing has become my default condition again.
  16. Sounds great, Tracey! Heal up and soon it will be activation time.
  17. Sonnets, longer lasting rechargeable batteries. Rondo 2, dual mics.
  18. @Tracey_66 I had a CT scan of my head, a physical from my regular doctor to get approval for the surgery, and some pre-op hearing tests from my CI audiologist. Some people, if I recall correctly, also get things like balance tests in case of vertigo, but I didn't have that.
  19. Just this morning I was sitting in my manager's office - we were talking about a project we're working on that involves some of the people who sit in cubes outside his office. Bob started speaking very quietly so that the others couldn't overhear and I was able to hear him well AND lower my own voice appropriately. Amazing.
  20. I'll be in Durham in late March - early April. Looking forward to it!
  21. This. I had no idea how much of an impact this would have, but it's been astounding. When we first started discussing this, I was worried about coverage (I shouldn't have, my company provides excellent medical) and my husband suggested that if insurance didn't cover it, I should do it anyway and we'd find a way to pay for it. I looked at him like he was crazy, but now? Not, knowing what I know, I'd take out a second mortgage if I had to in order to get CIs.
  22. I had been going to an audiologist who basically just upgraded my hearing aids every time I needed them replaced. CIs really weren't on my radar, even though as the years went by, the hearing aids helped less and less. I thought I was managing fairly well, but (and this is hard to describe) even though I thought I did OK at work and whatnot I also knew I had a serious problem. But no one had ever spoken to me about CIs. Finally my audiologist went out of network and I had to go to someone else, and that person tested my hearing, gave a slight scream when she saw the resulting audiogram, an
  23. @Mary Beth exactly. I never stop being amazed at what I can hear with my CIs.
  24. We were out at our new house today - we haven't moved in yet, we keep finding things the previous owners did badly and wanting to fix them. Today my husband decided that we needed an electrical outlet in the mudroom, and he also wanted a switch to control the garage lights, because the switches in the garage aren't by the door. So he connected the switch to the garage lights and also connected it to one of the outlets, and put a nightlight in that outlet (shaped like a rubber duckie, we are just SO classy) so that if the duck is lit up, we know we left the lights on in the garage and can swi
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