Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Managing Expectations

   Last week I wrote an article for family and friends called "Managing Expectations."  My hope is that after reading it, those who know me, friends, family and church folk, will understand that getting a cochlear implant will be a bit of  "work in progress" for a while and not some sort of magic bullet that will "make everything better" overnight.

From my  blog:


   I recently read an article encouraging people like me (those waiting for a cochlear implant) to spend some time “managing” the expectations of their family, friends, coworkers and others close to them.  Why?  Because the advances in modern medicine and the pervasiveness of technology have, sometimes irrationally, raised our expectations.  When I was in elementary school, my grandmother had cataract surgery.  She went to the hospital, they sandbagged her head to keep her immobile, and she stayed in the hospital for weeks.  A few years ago, my father had the same surgery.  He went to the doctor’s office, had the surgery in an hour or so, drove himself home and slept in his own bed that night.  Today, if we need a new computer or an electronic device, we go to the store and we expect that it will work “right out of the box.”

    These experiences lead us to expect miracles.

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