I've been a bit lapse with the ol' Book of Firsts project this year. But it's not forgotten. In fact, I'm here to add another entry from this week.
It's not the most savoury of subjects for a blog but it is a first and one that has brought me a huge amount of happiness this week. You see, for the past two months, I've been living with a blocked up left ear. And yes, most people I've talked to, who've had an ear syringed, have managed to book an appointment much quicker than I have but hey ho.
So, as the weeks dragged on, I'd almost gotten used to my lack of hearing and I could almost ignore the constant ringing of tinnitus. I did feel a bit of an old duffer though, setting the TV to subtitles etc. But once I was sat in the nurse's office, I couldn't believe how quick and simple the whole procedure was. And, oddly enough, I actually enjoyed the sensation of warm water gently vibrating in my ear.
When she was done, it took a few moments but there was a little 'pop', as all the water left my ear canal and suddenly every sound was LOUD and crystal clear. I grinned like a cheshire cat for the whole journey home and for the rest of the day.
And the first thing I did on my return? Just sit in silence and smile at the sheer pleasure of it.
It feels like I've had an early gift. Plus, it's given me a whole new insight and respect for those who have impaired hearing. I'm aware that I'm fortunate enough to have only been affected temporarily.
Have a great weekend. And safe travels, if you're setting off to join family over the festive season.