My Beautiful Cyborg

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Summary

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore...

'Twas the night before surgery, and all through the house,
the crying and fretting was stressing the spouse.

There aren't a lot of days you can put your finger on a calendar and say, "Yep, that's the day my life utterly and forever changed for the better." That's the hope Caroline is facing. And then there's the fear of the unknown, and anxiety. A cochlear implant IS technically neurosurgery after all. What could go wrong? Sickness? Yeah, Caroline had a near brush with that just days before surgery. Then Caroline misses a date WITH a brush - but if there was ever a good reason to miss a haircut, this was it. Then we focus on the the internal life of our proto-cyborg: Caroline (and Andreas) talk about the emotional roller coaster in the days leading to surgery. Meet Jim. Jim is a good man. A patient man. Caroline sits down with her coffee pal as he recounts what it takes to get to know a hard of hearing or deaf person. Finally. Tomorrow is the day. Deep breath. Caroline is ready to become My Beautiful Cyborg.

http://mybeautifulcyborg.com

A MESSAGE FROM CAROLINE: "To my family and friends and new online friends and followers: Thank you for you support and encouragement! I've had some amazing opportunities and adventures in my life. Nothing compares to this. Nothing. Not even close. Tomorrow is the first of a few milestones. I have to be (a) patient through recovery. Then it's going to be time to get down to the work of re-learning to hear. I'm so ready for this, thanks to you. And thank you to the people of Alberta for the gift of a cochlear implant. And thank God for all of you."

Show Notes

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore... 'Twas the night before surgery, and all through the house, the crying and fretting was stressing the spouse. There aren't a lot of days you can put your finger on a calendar and say, "Yep, that's the day my life utterly and forever changed for the better." That's the hope Caroline is facing. And then there's the fear of the unknown, and anxiety. A cochlear implant IS technically neurosurgery after all. What could go wrong? Sickness? Yeah, Caroline had a near brush with that just days before surgery. Then Caroline misses a date WITH a brush - but if there was ever a good reason to miss a haircut, this was it. Then we focus on the the internal life of our proto-cyborg: Caroline (and Andreas) talk about the emotional roller coaster in the days leading to surgery. Meet Jim. Jim is a good man. A patient man. Caroline sits down with her coffee pal as he recounts what it takes to get to know a hard of hearing or deaf person. Finally. Tomorrow is the day. Deep breath. Caroline is ready to become My Beautiful Cyborg. http://mybeautifulcyborg.com A MESSAGE FROM CAROLINE: "To my family and friends and new online friends and followers: Thank you for you support and encouragement! I've had some amazing opportunities and adventures in my life. Nothing compares to this. Nothing. Not even close. Tomorrow is the first of a few milestones. I have to be (a) patient through recovery. Then it's going to be time to get down to the work of re-learning to hear. I'm so ready for this, thanks to you. And thank you to the people of Alberta for the gift of a cochlear implant. And thank God for all of you."

What is My Beautiful Cyborg?

SEASON 3 - My Beautiful Cyborg: A love Story About Hearing - Most of 2019 was about podcasting, but Caroline was listening, not recording. Now the story continues with ongoing experience. The emotions are still big, with gratitude front and centre. Season three will also introduce new voices - audiologists, voice actors, broadcasters, and public speakers - we'll explore hearing from people who rely on it. The baby steps are over; join Caroline as she breaks into a run. And Andreas tries to keep up.

SEASON 2 - My Beautiful Cyborg: A Love Story About Hearing.
"Hearing isn't all about sound, it's about each other." Now Caroline is #deafnotdeaf. It has to be all good news right? Absolutely! But it’s possible to be OVERjoyed. Caroline and Andreas talk about coming out of the fog of a quiet life and reflect on adapting to hearing again. They thought they had an exciting story to tell before. It turns out hearing is like an onion. A very big onion. My Beautiful Cyborg has discovered more about hearing and how it connects us than she imagined.

SEASON 1 - The Candidate
Caroline is hard of hearing. To be more accurate, without hearing aids, Caroline is "late deafened." After a lifetime of degenerative hearing loss, hearing aids won’t do the trick anymore. So, Caroline is going to become a cyborg. She’s on the path to receive a cochlear implant. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Caroline is going to become a cyborg. She’s getting a cochlear implant will replace the parts of hr hearing that doesn’t work. Caroline can’t wait. In Episode 1 of My Beautiful Cyborg, you’ll meet Caroline and learn a little bit about her hearing loss, and what stage she’s at in the cochlear implant process. They’re putting what in my head? I have to go shopping? I’ll be DEAF DEAF?! Caroline has questions, and we talk through the answers. Meet Caroline, My Beautiful Cyborg.