It turned out that I had a classic version of a non-malignant brain tumor. So I started having to spend a LOT of time in medical waiting rooms. This is when I picked up tatting again. I had to have something to keep my busy - those waiting rooms are dull! Plus it kept my mind off my troubles. And bookmarks make a nice thank you gift. I was blessed with many people who helped me and my family during this time.
I had the tumor removed in April of 2005 (it progressed pretty fast) and I have a lovely scar as a badge of honor for my craniotomy. I have recovered just fine from the surgery - you'd never know I had such a thing. But as a result of this, my left ear is both totally deaf and has no balance function. I can't use a hearing aid - they removed the nerve in the surgery. So I stagger a bit and avoid going down stairs. And I say "What?!" a lot.
I made a list of good things about being deaf in one ear:
- If I lie on my good ear, I sleep great!
- It only takes one finger to block out the Stooges' yelling, leaving a hand free to use my computer, or to swat kids.
- If I sit next to annoying people and they're on my deaf side, they don't bother me much at all.
- I can pretend I don't hear things and no one is the wiser.
- I can use little headphones twice as long as most people, even when one side is broken.
- And (my favorite) I can never be drafted! HA!