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Malachyte

Update on my Friend

My friend Knave (from my previous journal) has seen an ear specialist thanks to everything contributions, and was able to get a clear answer on her hearing situation. It seems she had ear infections, but they are cleared up now. However, they left some semi-severe nerve damage, which is what's causing the pain and swelling inside her head.

The doctor gave her some steroid (prednisone) to use to help with these symptoms, and she is feeling a bit better, but as of now, her hearing may be totally damaged. She was already nearly deaf in her right ear, and now her left is almost gone as well. I will legit learn sign language if that happens. I love her, and I don't wanna not be able to talk to her :( Although computer help a lot with that, at least. We live in different parts of the US, and hearing certainly doesn't effect typing! Hooray for the internet.

Anyway, thank you all again for the well wishes, offers of advice and comfort, and straight up donations. She's felt a lot of love in a hard and scary situation, and is able to see the specialist as she needs to, which I'm super happy for.
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Added: 6 years, 3 months ago
 
NeksusCat
6 years, 3 months ago
awww... :'C poor girl.. Send her wish for getting better from me! Hope, at least, her second ear will be fine.. Can't give her cheer-up hug, so hug her for me, please, too!
And you too, please, be well! *nose smooch*
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
Thank you for the well wishes ^_^
NeksusCat
6 years, 3 months ago
purrr~ you always welcome! ^w^ *cuddles and nuzzles*
talon2point0
6 years, 3 months ago
I'm glad I could help. No one should have to lose their hearing because of money.
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
I agree. It's just too common right now, it seems, that people have to lose some part of their health due to bad money situations :(
BunnyFoxglove
6 years, 3 months ago
That's a really tough situation. Learning sign language isn't too hard, but nothing replaces your ability to hear and enjoy sounds. As a guitarist, I don't know what I would do if I lost my hearing. I would be extremely upset to say the least. Losing one of your senses is a terrible fate for anyone.

It really burns me up that doctors would turn someone away when they know what might happen. All over what? A few dollars...
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
I'm glad she's not a musician at least. I think I'd go nuts if I lost my drawing hand! Then I'd have to learn to draw with my feet :( But yeah, not being able to be treated because of money is really lame.
Sewa
6 years, 3 months ago
Even though I couldn't give any money, I'm glad for her. Hope I can help in another situation :(
Niara
6 years, 3 months ago
Sorry to hear it progressed so far.  Is there any chance of the nerves recovering at this point?

I do want to say this; if you do learn a form of sign language for her, I know that it will be vastly appreciated, at a lavel that's impossible to communicate.  A little over five years ago now I was rendered virtually mute, and for unknown reasons seem to have fallen into the miniscule percentile that remains mysteriously unresponsive to all forms of treament and voice therapy.  

My sister, my lovers and a couple of my close friends have learned to read the ASL (australian sign langauge) that I learned, and I just cannot put to words how much that act and effort on their part means to me, even now, years on.  It makes them almost the only people in the world I can now talk freely with face to face, and that contact means So, So much to me, I can't adequately communicate it.

All my best wishes and thoughts, both to you and to her.

-Niara
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
I'm happy you had people to support you through that, it sounds like it really did mean a lot to you. I hope it doesn't come to that for her, but I definitely will learn it if I need to. We don't live in the same state as each other, but I think we could talk over Skype with video chat, at least. That might be kind of fun :)
Shokuji
6 years, 3 months ago
That sucks she lost most/all of her hearing. =( I think there are some new hearing aides that can help, but they're probably horribly expensive. =/ At least she's not in danger of a continued infection or anything. Sorry nothing more could have been done under the circumstances.
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
I heard from someone on a different site that they can be several grand :O That suuuucccks. She knows how to read lips pretty well, though, since she grew up with one deaf ear, so at least she has a head start. Hopefully her other ear will just recover :(
AlexanderValentine
6 years, 3 months ago
Wish i knew a way to help her recover her hearing.

The only thing i know is that if you use one sense less, the others grow. So, I guess you could suggest Meditating wearing a blindfold for an hour or so a day.

In all seriousness, if that works out... Tell everyone.
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
We shall speak through our ki, on the highest mountain tops where we will begin our training.
furmaster666123
6 years, 3 months ago
Gotta say that ear infections are quite nasty. I don't have an official condition but every so often ear wax builds up to where it hurts alot, and I have to clean them out. So, I know how bad ear infections can be. Best of luck in her recovery.
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
Ouch :O
Maybe you should try cleaning your ears with an ear pick? Link. I've used them before, and they feel awesome, and work a lot better than Q-tips, in my opinion. As the article says though, it can be helpful to have someone else do it for you, or if you do it yourself, be gentle.
furmaster666123
6 years, 3 months ago
Thanks for the help, but I have a method already. It's an ear candle that draws out the ear wax.
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
I've tried those before, too. I've heard recently that it's actually damaging for your ear though, but I haven't read anything official to back it up *shrugs*
TastesLikeGreen
6 years, 3 months ago
Oh dear, I hope her hearing recovers, it would be such a shame to suffer permanently from something like this. Hopefully the specialist can help.
Ilgivan
6 years, 3 months ago
Make sure to warn her away from cochlear implants; you can never be defibrillated if you have one, because it'll fry your brain.
Malachyte
6 years, 3 months ago
Woah! I'll let her know. Thanks o_o
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