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Two sisters taking care of their mom while trying to live life and find love.


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09August

Hearing Loss and Adventures in Caregiving: Free Hearing Test From Miracle Ear

 

 

Hi everyone! I know it's been a little while since I've checked in. Sorry, with work and family obligations, it's been crazy. But, I wanted to take a moment to talk about my partnership with Miracle Ear.

As you all know, I'm a caregiver to my lovely mother (a.k.a "The Old Lady"). My mother is legally blind, so that's really put a lot of pressure on her other senses to compensate for her lack of vision. Luckily, we haven't had too many issues. But, it's now become super important for me to protect and monitor her hearing.

Mom
Mom

 

 

It's amazing how we take our hearing for granted. I don't think my mother has ever had a hearing test. I think my father just compensated for what she didn't see or hear. That's a lot of pressure to place on him too. Especially, since elderly caregivers often are taking care of their needs either. That combination is a potential disaster waiting to happen. But, now that she's with us; that's all about to change. 

I'm so thankful that Miracle Ear has launched the Hear a Better Day campaign. This campaign is about sharing the benefit of hearing aids in general. Hearing aids enhance the lives of not only those with hearing loss, but their loved ones as well. Miracle Ear is committed to ensuring that everyone gets an opportunity to savor every moment of life. Hearing gives you a sense of control over your life that is very hard to replace. It also helps reassure your family, that you're capable of taking care of yourself. Independence benefits everyone. 

My mom loves to listen to audiobooks and television during the day. It keeps her mind stimulated and focused. That's so important as she ages, and it makes her happy. When she's happy, we're all happy. I couldn't imagine what her life would be like without her hearing. So, I definitely will be making a point of getting her hearing tested. I know it's not easy to have those tough conversations sometimes. But, Miracle Ear thankfully thought about that too. They also have resources for helping a loved one . They've thought of everything smile.

 

So, don't wait! Go and take your loved one for a free hearing test at Miracle Ear.  They have the latest in hearing technology, and make it their mission to ensure you feel comfortable and taken care of of completely. Here's some information on their newest device, the Genius 2.0 with speech isolation.  Listening is about to get easier.

 

GENIUS 2.0 builds on the superior audibility and key features introduced with GENIUS, but takes this brand new cutting-edge technology to the next level!

Unique GENIUS 2.0 Features
Music Master is designed to enrich the quality of music and provide maximum enjoyment for listening to music. With three music settings – Concert, Playback and Performer – wearers will enjoy a variety of music. GENIUS 2.0 is designed to deliver excellent music fidelity whether listening to music or performing.
Echo Guard stops sound from reflecting off of surfaces such as ceilings and walls in reverberant environments. GENIUS 2.0 Echo Guard provides a comfortable setting for wearers by softening the reflected sound for better sound quality. Wearers no longer need to avoid difficult-to-hear places where sounds bounce off of the walls.
Phone Surround transmits the phone signal from one ear to both ears when using a handheld phone. The signal is automatically detected by a magnet and wirelessly sends the signal, surrounding the wearer, and provides better understanding without the need for an additional accessory. GENIUS 2.0 provides an improved listening experience for telephone calls.

Say Hello to Wireless CROS Solution
The wireless CROS/BiCROS solution is designed for those with unilateral hearing loss. Available in our most popular style, the CROS RIC transmitter is worn on the unaidable ear and wirelessly sends the signal to any GENIUS 2.0 wireless hearing aid on the other ear, allowing the wearer to hear sounds from both sides.

We hope you are as excited about this new technology as we are! You can learn more about our GENIUS 2.0 technology, schedule an appointment to speak with a Miracle-Ear hearing instrument specialist.

Click here to learn more about Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid options. Until we meet again!

 

Xo

 

 



Posted in Front Page, Caregiving

18July

Growing Up Black and Conscious In America

Hi everyone! Sorry about the quick break. But, with everything going on in the world, I needed to take a “pause for the cause.” My focus has really been off, and I’m praying for our world. This is such a challenging and pivotal time for us all. I pray that conversations, understanding and change come as a result of these tragedies. No life is in vain, and we all have an “assignment” in this world.

It’s so funny that “assignment” comes to my mind as I’m putting this post together. It makes me think about how my sister and I were raised. My parents raised us to be “conscious” of our culture and heritage. My parents felt it was their duty to ensure they gave us a full spectrum of what it would mean to be a black woman in America. They also wanted to ensure we learned about more than George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr., since that was the extent of black history we were being taught in schools during our childhood.

 

Conscious 

Posted in Front Page

19June

Captain Bubby's Island Tours & Adventures in Paradise

Pt. 2: Roadtripping With The Divas in Sanibel Island

We’re back! Are you ready for Pt. 2 of our “Road tripping with the Divas: Sanibel Island” adventure? If you need a quick reminder of Pt. 1, please click here. I can’t say enough wonderful things about our fab host resort, Island Inn laughing.  Island Inn and Hillgate Marketing sponsored this trip, but all opinions are my own. So, with that out of the way, let’s talk about our Island Tour and Sea Life Excursion with Captain Bubby’s Island Tours and Adventures in Paradise.

Our second day in Sanibel Island started off with a personal tour with Captain Bubby’s Island Tour. Captain Bubby’s Island Tours is a concierge service that specializes in customized, educational, unique experiences that target exploring the beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva and all of Lee County, Florida. They pride themselves on providing experiences that are tailored to your interests. They love to provide guests access to areas that are off the beaten path to provide the most memorable experience possible. They definitely exceeded that and more with us laughing.

Captain Bubby Island Tour Memory Collage
Our Captain Bubby Island Tour Memory Collage! Thx Captain Bubby and Paula ;-)

 

Posted in Front Page, Caregiving

15May

Self-Care and Caregiving

Are you taking care of "You?" Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I didn't. But, I've started thinking about it more and more. Especially, since I became a caregiver to my mom.

I always say my life changed in the matter of three hours on December 20, 2010. That's the day my father died, and my mom came to live with my sister and I. I went immediately into super saver caregiver mode, and I've never looked back. The next five years would go on to be filled with cursing, crying, depression, stress, laughter, hope, and love. That's quite a cycle isn't it? But, that's a caregiver life. We give so much of ourselves to others; that you sometimes forget about the most important person in this, you.

Bloop
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Posted in Front Page, Caregiving

08May

Caregiving and Mother's Day: Celebrating When You Don't Have Kids

Mother is defined by Webster’s dictionary as a “woman who has given birth to a child or children.” Mother is also defined as an "elderly woman, someone who looks after someone kindly and protectively, sometime excessively so." There are so many different definitions, and yet they all go back to mothers being the givers and caretakers in life.

So, I guess that helps me explain why I’m celebrating Mother’s Day, even though I don’t have children. Yep, today is my day too, and I don’t feel bad about it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say I’m a “mother” in the truest sense of the world. But, I do have a “mother” and “sister” that rely on me every day to make it happen. I give them “life” by being a constant source of love and support for them. I would lay down my life with no question to ensure their happiness. I will be their loudest cheerleader, and their biggest “bodyguard”. Yes, this five foot tall woman can become a “giant” when it comes to taking care of my “divas smile.”


Mother's Day
                                                                  They go hand in hand :-)

Posted in Front Page, Caregiving

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