I woke. Where was I? I saw people, talking, crying, rushing but
still I did now where I was. I remember seeing women and men in
blue looking very worried. Then as I looked down I saw wires all
over my aching body. I could not feel a thing; it was almost like
my whole body had shut down. Then I fell back into a very deep
sleep. As I woke my mum and dad were next to me. Still I had no
idea where I was.
A man started to talk but no sound came out. Nothing. As I tried
to get up I remember I got pushed back down. I could not hear, or
move, I was in pain and I could not get up this was it, I was
As I turned to my parents I saw my mum crying. But why, was it
something I did, said? Then a women dressed in blue came writing
down questions making me answer them. But why? Still I did not know
where I was.
Other family members started to pour in, all looking worried,
their lips were moving but no sound, just horrible ringing noise.
However, why were they here? I had not seen some of them in month.
So why here, why now? They all looked at me with sympathetic
smiles, the type you get at funerals, why though, why at me? Had I
The same feeling went on for weeks; I was trapped, stranded in a
bed, but also in my own bubble, no noise just ringing and so much
pain. I remember stickers all over my aching dead like body and
these were not the type of stickers for being a good boy. I
remember being sick multiple times, I remember having needle after
needle. I then turned to my right, to then see a short man in blue
tapping my mum while she was crying rivers, but why?
Two weeks on, I was woken up, a women was smiling looking down
on me with pen and paper. She was writing to communicate with me.
Why could not I hear? She wrote hello I am a nurse, my name is
Rachel! A nurse! Why did I have a nurse leaning over me? Then
it clicked, I was stranded, stranded in a hospital bed.
Every day was the same. Lying, waiting, waiting for something to
happen but it did not. The same went on for seemed like years. Wake
up; lie in bed, have medication, sit in pain, fall asleep. However,
I still did not know why I could not hear anything or anyone. It
was almost like I could not hear anything or anyone. It was almost
like I was trapped, stranded, stranded in my own thoughts, my mind
full of questions. But the one that I keep hearing in my head the
most was will I ever hear again or will I forever be stranded with
However, one day a doctor from Wrexham hospital which is the one
that came to me and said there could be a way of getting my hearing
back through an implant called cochlear implant. We did know what
this was but I did not have to even think about it before I said
yes! So we sent my case to the Manchester hospital and within two
weeks they started ball rolling. It took a few appointments to do
X-rays and to get information. The day came to have the operation,
I have to say I was a nervous wreck but I would not let it show.
When I woke after I had the operation I felt fine, not sick not
dizzy but fine. However, I was a different case because I lost my
hearing through meningitis. Because of how badly damaged my left
ear. They could only do my right. They did not even think it would
It was about 2 1/2-3 months since the operation and my hearing
is next to perfect. I can hear music as it was before it is
actually perfect I can hear people's voices/tones as I could
before. Just everything is perfect. Of course there is a few things
like crossing the road is hard but that is mainly because I only
have one ear. And I need extra help in school. But that's it.
EVERYTHING IS GREAT! However, I got lucky for some people it's not
this good. This is why i am looking into working with deaf
kids. I have a work experience soon; I am going to an infant
school where there are a few kids with implant or hearing aids to
help them. And if anyone wants to contact me I am always here.
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