Remembering What it is Like to Get Out

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Getting Out Again I was really looking forward to meeting my friends for the first time in 14 months; however, it wasn’t without a huge wave of anxiety. After all, I had only been out with them once in about 3 years due to the multiple hospital admissions and symptoms of superficial siderosis. We went for a meal in January 2020, just before the pandemic started and put everyone’s life on hold, but for me, things had been on hold a lot longer. Many thoughts were running through my head, ‘How will I communicate now that I am fully deaf?’ ‘Will I be able to move from A to B without falling?’ ‘What if I see people I haven’t spoken to in a while, and they think I’m being rude because I’m not acknowledging them?’. All these thoughts were looping around in my mind, but it was something I really

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