Thursday, June 26, 2008

Happy Thursday!

Hey Hey Hey! Howdy folks! How are you all doing?! I want to apologize for not getting those videos out! Over stream was down for almost a week and I was not able to upload, adding or view any videos or subtitle them. However they are working again and I already added two more videos! So patience, the videos ARE a coming, yes they are a coming!

I hope everyone read Abbie’s Blog about her chaos flying. Honest to god. I told her before got the flights booked, nothing would happen. I mean Hell, I have flown over 200 times, as she quoted me and nothing to that degree has ever happened to me before! I laughed, I cried, chuckled, and cursed the airlines, just knowing this only happens to Abbie and no one else. My word.

Now, because this happened to her, guess what. Oh yes, My flights are now going to be screwed…Sure enough I got a phone call from Great Lakes Airlines notifying me my flight from St. Louis back home was pushed backwards to 5:30pm departure. Instead of the 7:30pm departure I had previously booked online. Why is this bad? I am due to arrive into St. Louis from Seattle on American Airlines at EXACTLY 5:30pm. This is going to make me miss connect and miss my flight and force me to overnight in St. Louis. *sighs* Now under normal circumstances it is illegal for an airline to change their schedule and make you miss connect under the same itinerary, however because I booked these two flights as SEPARATE itineraries, each airline is not required, nor will they help accommodate me to find a place to stay overnight or fix it so I will not miss connect. It is not the airlines fault at all in this situation; I did this to myself by booking two separate reservations, but OY! This is going to be a royal pain in the BEHIND! I shall let you know how it goes when I do this trip!

Speaking of airline and aviation, I had decided NOT to accept the interview for the job I was checking out at Southwest Airlines. It was to time consuming for me to figure a time to do the interview. I also had family coming out of the country I had not seen in awhile and knew it would be one of the days the airline would schedule my interview. Plus I also have my trip to visit Geo and Jes and while I am sure the new position would have been flexible in letting me go on the trip, the idea of just starting a job then requesting time off to go on vacation in the middle of it all, ALSO did not appeal to me.

I also got back from the audiologist. I got my ears remolded so I can get new molds. I have not had a mold change since 2004. FOUR YEARS AGO!!! We discussed the digital hearing aids and such. I was shocked to find out I actually already HAVE digital hearing aids! I said oh man my hearing loss must be greater then I had imagined. It is at 90db for my right ear, and 95db for my left ear. So I was a bit saddened thinking my hearing could become greater if I switched to digital hearing aids, but apparently this is not the case. He said I have one of the best digital hearing aids and says because of my hearing loss, he did not recommend me to go buy another one because it would only improve so little if that, and did not want me paying upwards to 800 dollars per ear to get this done. So we discussed the CI. Always a tense topic here but needs to be discussed.

He claimed I was a very good and prime candidate to get the CI based on his opinions and facts. He suggested going see a CI team in St. Louis or Chicago even and get some more advice from them. He says because I can already talk and hear with hearing aids my recovery time would be much better and faster and thinks I can really benefit from it. I am of course weary of it but a bit excited at it. Could it be the next step for me in my life in advancing my hearing? I am not sure. It is a very heavy decision to think of involving my family, and friends and even co workers. We all know my true desire to work in the airline industry that is never going to change. It is in my heart, blood and soul. Aviation is who I am and what I do. If there is anything I can do to make my life work better or to be involved with the airline industry I would be willing to do it. That is where my passion lies. So next step now is to contact a CI team in STL and just seek advice. No decisions have been made or anything, just simply seeking advice.

Nothing new has really been happening for me since the last blog. Busy working as usual and hanging with friends. Another sunset concert tonight! I should be able to go very excited! Then my friend and I will have what we call a “subtitle movie night” since we both require subtitles to watch our favorite movies! Woo Hoo!

Have a great weekend folks and I will be back to upload more videos!

Alex

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alex,

When and If you do go to find out if you qualify for a CI (at a reputable ear and hearing institute/hospital, not your audie), be sure to bring up the fact that you love your aviation job and find out if having a CI while flying won't impact your hearing and balance. Know your pro's and con's.

I have had nearly same loss as yours for many years aided with hearing aid and logged many miles as an air traveler myself for 30+ years. There was once a rapid descent that bothered me, and it really hurt my eardrums as I thot they would burst because of rapid air pressure changes. At least that part of my ears work, heh.

Yah, Abbie got the flight from hell for her maiden flight, gosh! who'd have thunk it?

Ann_C

Seek Geo said...

Hi Alex!

Oh there is no need to apologize because you do need a break from subtitling!! Ha ha!

Poor Abbie, her flight blog cracked me up, too! I flew so many, many times in my life well except only had flown a couple of times in past a few years but I have never faced anything like that *knocks on wood*.

Oh ya, I remember the other night you were like.. damn!! They changed my flight!! LOL... at least it was only from STL to your home instead of coming here which would have screwed up the length of your stay here! :-)

We are looking forward to July 26th and we will have a lot of blast!!

-SG

Abbie said...

I am SO glad that you got a big kick out of my entire flight experience :) A womans sixth sense is strong because I knew something was going to happen and boy did it :) I feel so bad that I started a domino effect though :(

Ann is absolutely right about a reputable CI team. If you go through with it, do some research. Seek out people who have had their surgery done by the same surgeon. Most of the problems with CI's are in fact due to surgeons error and not malfunction of the device. Once you feel comfortable with that, try to seek out people who are willing to talk to you about the audiologist who does mappings because the audiologist they are the real brains behind the CI.