Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tinnitus: Final Installment

There are 4 installments in this series

Tinnitus: Earplugs
Part 3
I'd like to talk about Earplugs for a moment. If I could go back in time, I would wear earplugs while inside and outside of that old truck. I would take better care of my hearing. I would try to explain to others more often; that we need to be careful when around anything that makes a noise over 70 db, especially if it is for an extended amount of time.

I suggest that you find some good websites, check the levels of noise you are around on a daily basis and decide if you need to invest in some good earplugs. You can have them made by a professional to fit your ears, or you can pick up the cheap pair at your local store. Which ever you choose please protect your hearing, and pass on this information to anyone you feel is putting their hearing at risk.


My hearing is still good, you don’t always damage you’re hearing ability, when you get Tinnitus. Some people do loose their hearing but I managed to avoid that, somehow. I am very careful now when I’m around loud noises. Sometimes if I forget to wear my plugs while blow-drying my hair, it does seem to irritate the sound in my head.

Adjusting
When you have Tinnitus it can be annoying to say the least. It's hard at times to hear those little noises, like if you leave the water running in the sink, is there a small beeping sound in the other room or is your ears playing tricks on you. I often will ask someone, do you hear that, and I'm relieved when they say 'yes I do.'

When you are alone you must just get used to going to look for some strange small noise. One small way to figure it out is to place your finger in your ear for a moment and if the sound gets louder, then it's just you. My dad has a roaring sounds, most of the time I have a whistle, or like a turbo whinging, for those of you that have been in a truck.

Sleeping

I can sleep now without any white noise, though the fish tanks are always running. You can also get those small water fountains, or maybe run a fan at night. Out of all the things that I’ve done I know prayer, and faith in God has helped me most of all. I focused too much on my problem in the beginning, but as i said i didn't have anyone to talk to about this that wanted to do anything but depress me.

I needed someone to say, hey wake up out of that slump and focus on something besides the whistle in your ear. I thought many times about writing this article and finally decided that I just had to do it. I know that talking about it makes me hear my ears more, but in a few days that will pass and I'll be back to just me.

So if this is all new to you, just calm down and put on something good to listen to. You will get used to it, it will come and go. there will be days that you don't even think about it. There will be days when it's raining or the weather is doing strange things and you will want to find a good cricket to sit beside you. But those days pass and you'll have a good day. I personally enjoy a good shower, the water running is a great way to get a break when the noises get a little loud.

Wrapping things up:Most of all take away from this article that you can become you again. Life can be enjoyed, you can survive with Gods’ help. I know I’m repeating myself but its true, the more you can put this ringing or roaring in your head out of your mind the better off you will be. Stay busy, don’t talk about it, don’t keep searching out some new article. Learn that the best way to move on is prayer, fasting and forgetting.

I can’t comment on some of the over the counter items. I don’t know if any of them work or not. I prefer to just hang on to God and take it one day at a time. Many days I don’t even hear it, and here lately as the winter months drag on it seems to be having good days and bad days. I hear that sweet little jingle in my left head now.

I’ve learned to accept it, learned that it’s my little pet, learned that I’m still me and I will be just fine. I hunted today for a poem that the Lord helped me stumble upon one day and I'm irritated that I can't find it. It spoke to me one day when i needed something special.

The best I can recall it spoke of a melody that God put in this young woman's mind, it was for her alone. No one else could hear it. It was her blessing in some way, well I took those words that day and thought. This is my blessing, it's hard to look at it that way at times, but I wonder would I be the person God wanted me to be if I didn't have that little melody in my head.

Love & prayers
if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Samantha


Part one is here on this page
Part 2 Tinnitus: Causes and Measuring sounds
Part 3 Tinnitus: Final Installment
Part 4 Years later


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gearing up for Nano

I've been excited and in the dumps at the same time about Nano, but I'm starting to feel the butterflies. I'm thinking it's time to start that mind to working on the ideas for my next nano adventure. It's so much fun at Christian Writers now with all the flurry of threads talking about Nano, and all the buzz about are you or are you not going to join in on the next Nano.

I've been slow and down in my back but I'm starting to feel better and i'm thinking what will I write about. Something new something old . . . I'm going with something old in a way. I'm going to revisit the characters from my last Nano. Well at least a few of them will be appearing in this year's Nano Attempt.

Yes even a two time winner as myself still has to think of it as an Attempt until you start seeing some of those serious words go down. You never know whats going to interupt you. A dog wanting to play, a mother wanting to talk, or maybe a husband wanting to eat. Even my cooking is better than no cooking. LOL!

So anyway here we go starting into the month of October it's time to start thinking, sitting with that deep stare on our face. Tapping that pencil on our chin and smiling and hurrying to write what comes to our mind. The leaves are starting to fall, the pond's lillies are slowly fading. Winter is appraoching and with winter comes Nano.

So get ready and lets put our heads in gear, turn off that TV and figrue out what we're going to write about. Nano is a lot of hard work, some stress, and a bucket full of fun. So ready ... set ... Nano!! We'll not just yet. We have to wait until midnight of October 31 rolls around then thats when we shut down our editor and began to create what we hope will be another notch on our belt, another Nano Badge, and one more free copy of what we hope some day will be a world best seller.

Hey we can dream

Nano Nano
Jacks Girl

Monday, September 21, 2009

3 Columns verses 2 Columns

I've been playing around with my blog. I find it amazing that I was able to go inside and change the html thing ma boggles around so that I now have a three column template. When I found several that I could have down loaded but wasn't able to do this. I think the three columns look better though at times you have to scroll right to left to see the whole picture. It gives room for more gadgets and eventually adds.

I'm sure there are many pro's and cons to both templates. To me there is just something about making your own blog look more like your own creation. I love adding my own pictures and though it may not look as professional it does have that home made feel to it that I Love. I've seen many different templates, many that are free, some that cost anywhere from 5 bucks to 87 dollars. I still feel the need to make my own.

If you choose to take a template someone else has made of if you choose to do your own, I'm sure it will seem like your own perosanl home blog. There is so many gadgets we can add, and pictures we can post that even the most generic templates can end up looking like our own creation. So no matter what you choose be sure and get out there and blog up a storm.

I'm not feeling well today so this will be short and sweet. Prayers are appreciated... Happy Blogging...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Nano and November are just around the corner!





http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Coming this November will be one of the most exciting contests I've ever entered. I'll be fighting against someone that's hard-headed and hard to please. A person that thanks God for the opportunity to write. A person that loves to write, and a person that I know will fight to win when Nano pushes her to new heights and new way's of thinking. I'll be competing with this person every minute and that person is ME.


Nano is a time to really push our limits. It's a time when we write ourselves out on that limb. We don't worry about spelling errors, or where the story is going. We write, write write. Pushing back the worries of what will happen, and learning along with others . . . that when pushed against the hands of the clock and the calendar we can actually write something good, something that's worth keeping and something that just might end up in print and on a bookshelf.

I'm so thankful that Nano came along. I'm so thankful that a good friend named Tommie Lynn talked me into entering this wonderful contest. It's taken me down a path of getting my own works published through P.O.D. Helped me to see all the opportunities that's out there waiting for those that choose to publish their own writing.

Writing 50,000 words in a months time opened my mind to a new way of writing. It helped me learn to focus on the creation of the story, and to put editing to the back burner. It helped me to see that I can write under pressure. It taught me that some of my best work comes when I'm working and writing under a timeline. When I won and finished over 50,000 words in less than 30 days it gave me a boost, and give me a great feeling of accomplishment.

Please don't let the idea of failing stop you from trying to win Nano. Don't keep yourself from the lessons that are waiting there to be learned. It's fun, it's exciting, and at times it can be a little frustrating. But even if you don't finish and even if they don't manage to get us a free copy of our works printed it's still worth it, for what we can learn.

Run over to the web site. Sign up and get ready for the ride in November. Get caught up on your house work. Head out to the store and fill the freezer with fast, easy to cook TV dinners, so the family doesn't go hungry while your busy hammering out your next best seller.

Last but surely not least. Pray that the Lord will bless your efforts, pray that your writing will always be a witness and a blessing to others. Learn that your writing is a gift and that time is precious. If we can help even one person with a story we've written then isn't it worth it. Won't you be able to look back and say you tried, that you did your best, that you took your talent from off the shelf and put it to good use.

Run over to the web site HERE, and toss your hat into the ring. November will be here before you know it.







Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My thoughts for Wednesday

Hey this is Wednesday..

I'm not sure what day I'm going to start posting someone regularly but I'll think on it. I'm not with it enough to do a daily thing yet. LOL!!

Still learning the basics.
Evey one have a nice day and we eagerly await Aunt Willa coming to see us and we hope Tonette can come.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My thoguhts for Sunday

Welcome it's Sunday night I'm still trying to learn how to use my blog. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog. Mom just got home from getting 5 new stichtes. Here I am going to bed at 6 a.m. Not a good thing. I hope to soon get some exercepts from my two upcoming books on line so you all can get a free sample of my work.



Welcome to my Den.



Samantha