short vlog (2 1/2 min) about how medical professionals can become obsessed with our ears and not more urgent, life threatening issues.
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summary: in this short vlog I recall an exchange with the admitting doctor at our local hospital emergency room. A few days after I gave birth, i was spiking fevers and my ob/gyn told me to get to the emergency room ASAP if anything over 101 degrees. The admitting doctor noticing – my husband signing to me and my response in spoken English (with speech impediment) and signing – that something was different than the usual patient. He then began to quiz me on the etiology of my “hearing problem.” I dutifully answered hoping that by being polite, I might get admitted sooner etc.
Q: what type of hearing loss is it?
A: bi-laterial sensorineural
A: congenital, since birth, cause uknown
Q: how severe is it?
A: 60 – 80 dB loss (moderate to severe) mostly in the higher frequencies
Q: does it seem to be hereditary?
A: huh? um? Doctor – i just gave birth. The baby came out from down there – NOT from my ear. Do you mind shifting your focus from my ears to there so i can get admitted and taken care of?
Response – oh, yes, sure will complete the paper work and call your doctor.
My husband was quite impressed – he was like “finish, finish – blunt you” i was like “come on already – this could be serious and i know 100% for sure its not caused by my “hearing problem”
turns out i had a blood clot which can be deadly
now i have met plenty of doctors and nurses who r cool and having a Deaf patient or Deaf parents of a hearing child patient is no biggy to them. some even ask for referrals of where to get more info on Deaf Culture and sign language but many of them also exhibit this attitudinal audism – that my “abnormality” would take precident over getting accurate information to admit me and treat me for the fevers was annoying, could be a bit dehumanizing, and somewhat dangerous
(used a new camera – isight – instead of the built in laptop camera – still way to dark once i compress and load to you tube – boo boo. i gotta find a better place to shoot (good lighting and background) so i apologize for the low quality of the video. im trying to refrain from vlogging until i can do it RIGHT but had a bit of time to compose and upload this so here it is.