Other Pathways

When I started to wake, but before I could talk, a CNA named Jessie took care of me. One night – it always seemed to be night – she clipped my call button to my blanket and said, “If you need me, press this button. Even if I don’t hear anything, I will come help you.” 😢 she was so kind. I’m learning Cued Speech. It’s NOT a language like ASL, it’s a system of hand movements that boosts lip-reading accuracy from 30% to ~100%. It makes speech visible and provides access to language so that literacy rates skyrocket. *…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God…Romans 10.17* Wm. M. points out that “to hear” is to receive the word, with an open 💗 and mind, by whatever means. God’s word is living and active and is not confined to auditory pathways. So I’m exploring other pathways just in case. You do cued speech while you speak, so it’s a good starting choice for me – learning it is primarily to help others, but it will also improve my own lip – reading capabilities. The problem is that the vacuum cleaner in my head is very distracting and makes the one-sided loss harder to manage. Also, I must acknowledge that the R ear could go as unexpectedly as the L. So I’m preparing bc there was a time when I could not understand speech. I never admitted it, but it has marked me forever, and I will do what I can to NEVER let that happen again. When Jessie told me to call her, I understood, even though I couldn’t talk. And as I remember her kindness I pray for the world’s medical professionals. Thank you 💗#avmsurvivor #strokesurvivor #lifeismysport #learninghowtolive #shreddedgrace NOTE: my lips should be shaping a word. Cued Speech requires on the combo of hand and lip movements. I’m working on it. It’s a huge motor skill and cognitive challenge

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