Yes, I have to admit it. I am absolutely no good at all at reading instructions. I open the box holding whatever it is and my mind goes a blank - the words might just as well be in a foreign language. What I have to do - and it doesn;t come easily- is figure it out for myself. And so it is with my new hearing aids. All evening I kept thinking that when I went to bed I had to take them out and switch them off. They are not all that different from my previous ones - just a much better fit and a more up-to-date design. It can't be that hard. Can it?
Well yes it can actually. I sat on the side of the bed and took them out. So far so good. Now how to switch them off for the night. I looked at the design, I looked at the hearing aid and decided that they probably were off if the battery cases were open (I didn't deduce this - there was a drawing) so I opened the battery cases - similar to those on my old aids- and a peeping noise suggested I was correct. And that was it for last night. Not sure I have done it all right this morning - I can still hear much better than before but not as well as I could last evening.
There will come a day when I can manipulate them perfectly - but it won't be for a day or two I promise.
The other thing that happened in the night!!!- my regular carer comes dead on the dot of seven thirty and has usually finished and is ready to go an hour later = not five minutes short of the hour, not five minutes over. My reserve carer, because she has more clients and works longer hours comes to me just after seven so I am always aware that I have to be up and the doors opened and the lights on nice and early. This means I always seem to sleep lightly on th e week-ends my reserve carer is on.
This morning I woke and looked at the clock - it was twenty to seven - golly I was a bit late up for C coming.'Slippers and dressing gown on, blinds opened, kitchen light on, front door unlocked and outside light switched on to illuminate the step to the front door. As I went back into the kitchen I caught sight of the clock - it was three o'clock. I went round and did up all the things I had undone, turned off all lights and went back to bed and oddly enough straight back to sleep. It's almost as though I dreamt it.
Semi final of Strictly this evening. One couple will be out and next week will be the final. I think we all feel the same - it would be good if nobody had to go - but competitions are not like that are they?I for one will be glued to the screen tomorrow night and I expect if you are a watcher you will be too.