Losing your hearing

A few years ago I was told I was mild to moderately deaf in my left ear. I had my septum fixed and learned shortly after from the ENT.

We were getting ready to PCS. So getting further research as to what was going on had to wait.

It took a bit of time to get the correct referrals. But finally I was able to see an ENT here.

After some tests I was finally give a diagnosis. A reason to why I’m losing my hearing.

I have Cochlear Hydrops. A cousin to Meineres Disease.

I have ringing in my ear. My hearing comes and goes in waves. And every now and again it feels like liquid is leaking out of my ear. I have many other symptoms. But those are the major one.

Having TMJ in that side of my jaw also effects the Cochlear Hydrops.

There is no cure. I take 2 different medications to try to help the symptoms. I try to protect my hearing. Certain things can actually make my hearing worse. So I try to stay away from them.

I have good days and bad days. But I’ve learned to live with it.

It’s become frustrating at times though. I often miss things that are said and I have to ask people to repeat themselves. They seem put off. And when I mention I’m going deaf, that I actually didn’t hear them. It changes in an instant. Suddenly their displeasure of having to repeat themselves is gone.

Why?

If someone asks for you to repeat yourself. Don’t be put off. They might not have heard you. They could be going deaf like me. Or something else. It doesn’t matter.

I love when people talk louder. How about speaking clearer. That is a main issue I have. If you mumble 🤷‍♀️ Speak clearer.

I had to retrain myself. I don’t put the phone on my left ear. I’ll miss some of what you are saying if I do.

I get a hearing test often. Some times I’m below normal, mildly, or moderately. Due to what I have my hearing changes.

But we have to document it. Because if my hearing gets bad enough I need a hearing aid I need the notes.

So far I’m good. But on the days I can’t hear it would be nice.

Just an update on my life.

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I don’t brush my hair

Shortly before my husband and I started dating I got a pixie cut.

It’s been growing ever since. Currently it is down past my elbows.

A few years ago I stopped brushing my hair. I threw out my hair brushes and switched to a comb.

I had taken a comb to it and had brushed out my hair quicker with the comb than the brush. So I switched to a wide tooth comb.

My hair is pretty thick. I kept getting the brush caught in my hair when I brushed the underside of it. And I got tired of pulling my hair free from the brush.

I don’t have that issue with a comb.

I tend to hold my hair at the top as I run the comb through it. Takes 1-2 swipes per section. Then after I’m done sectioning my hair off I comb the whole thing. I’m done quicker than with a brush.

I’ve noticed my hair is healthier now since switching to a comb. I have less dead ends. It has a nice shine to it.

I’ve switched to a shampoo bar. Or I’d have to do squeeze the shampoo bottle twice. Since switching my husband has fallen in love with the shampoo bar.

We still use the same conditioner. I didn’t like the bar version of it from Lush. Going to switch to their liquid conditioner once the one I have is gone.

Ladies throw out those brushes and switch to a comb.

Moving to California: Military Editon. Driving in Cali

I’ve driven in a lot of cities. From Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Seattle. Just a few places that is known to have some traffic.

Southern California is a different type of traffic. One I wish I could quantify into words.

It’s a place you can have road rage driving the speed limit. Where you wonder why the traffic isn’t moving at all. When you get paranoid something is wrong when there is no traffic.

Luckily there are several spots that if you look on the road it will tell you things. Like the speed limit. Or when the interstate splits into 2 it will say which lanes lead where.

Once you get it down it can be easy.

You have any where from 4 lanes to 8 lanes on the interstate.

The HOV is in certain areas. And be careful because at certain points they move. It expands or decreases the HOV (depending on which lane you’re in).

I’ve noticed that some people do not turn their neck when they merge. What do I mean by that? They don’t look and just merge. And they will either hit people or cause what I call and almost accident.

That is something I had to get used to. If someone has their turn signal on. Be cautious as they will merge right away even if a car is there.

After a certain point in night we won’t go out and do things.

Oh you want us to drive down and have dinner with you? That 30 minute drive just turned into an 2 hour drive.

“What is that person doing?” Is something my husband often says.

It seems not many people know how to zipper here. Many lanes merge down and there isn’t a lot of room. It would be easy if people zippered. But it tends to take some time.

One of my favorite is leaving the Naval Hospital. To get to 163, 3 lanes that are 2 each merge down to 1 in about half a mile. It takes me about 15 minutes to do during traffic. 5 if no traffic. It’s a joy when 3 lanes suddenly become 1 and everyone wants to merge into that 1.

Things to know!

Don’t stay in the right lane unless you are exiting or merging the interstate. It will be slow.

The far left lane is the fast lane. If you’re doing the speed limit people behind you will be upset.

In a lot of places the right lane is the exit lane, and will pick back up in the entrance lane.

If you have an manual car be careful. They don’t like to give space here. I’ve scared a few people when I roll back a bit (maybe 3 inches to be honest). Because they like to get right up on your bumper. It isn’t like that every where. It just seems in the places where you know you’ll roll back a bit (hello steep hills).

Know where the schools are. If you drive an area know. Why do I say this? Where my daughter goes the pick up spot is on the side of the road. So the right lane is mainly for that. If you want to get through without stopping go in the left lane.

Buses like to pull out right in front of you. 🤦‍♀️

If your GPS says 30 minute drive. Add 15 minutes to that. I tend to add more if parking garage. Say an hour. So I can drive, park in parking garage, and walk to where I need to go. I’m usually 5-10 minutes early. But on occasions I can be late depending on traffic.

Give it a month to get used to. And just know depending on where you go the traffic changes.

Moving to California: Military Editon. Welcome Post

Military|PCS|California

I will be writing a series about getting orders to California.

You’ve been waiting for a while. You picked a few places and prayed. And you finally received said orders to California.

The series will include moving to California. Driving in California. The different bases around. And more.

Welcome to my blog post series about getting orders to California. A series I made up for others who just received orders to PCS to California.

Currently we live in Southern California and have been here the past 2 years. I’ve learned a lot and want to pass it on to other spouses.

Hope you enjoy this series. The series will be released on Thursdays.

It’s the belief that gets you there

I grew up believing in Santa.

But what your Jewish. So true. I started converting when I was 16.

But I grew up with the belief in Santa.

For me it’s all about the belief. Whatever you want as long as you believe that is all that matters.

I found out a friend wouldn’t have much money for Santa for her kids. And they are at the age where the belief is the greatest.

I didn’t want that taken from them.

Why take away a belief too soon. Especially when it can be cherished.

So we are providing Santa gifts. We will be Santa this year.

Not to be a good friend. Not to be a good person. But so those little kids can have one more year of Santa.

Growing up is hard. Don’t need to push it. One more year of Santa isn’t too much to ask for

Brandless

Brandless is an online store. Stating you can buy brandless things for cheaper.

I placed and order. And waited. It finally arrived. Ignore my stove, spaghetti got sloppy

This is what you see when you open the box.

So the paper on top is just there. Everything is throw in. I will say the cookies got broke.

I ordered dish soap and well… it leaked.

The cookie were good. I will say worth $3

I am allergic to weird things. But hey I can eat this.

I got these 2 items. We’ve needed an ice cream scoop for a while now.

Hmmm I will say these smell nice. But 35 for $3. I’ll let you decide.

We got a few more things. It was up in the air if they are worth it.

The coffee pods were not worth it. $3 for 6 pods when I can get more pods for $5. But the coffee is better in other pods.

I won’t be buying Brandless again. To me it wasn’t worth it. I can PrimeNow with Amazon and get some stuff cheaper. And it’s a fast shipment. This took over almost 2 weeks to arrive.

They need to pack the bag better.