Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Thursday's Question

 
 
Aren't we all thankful everyday for the health and wealth that we have?
What would happen if you woke up tomorrow and HAD to chose between losing your eyesight or losing your hearing???
 
I had this conversation once with an elderly lady in the nursing home. She was losing her eyesight and could only see a pinpoint in front of her eyes.
 
What would you chose??




30 comments:

  1. In a way, I have had it picked for me and it is hearing. However, I think it is easier to cope with a loss of hearing versus eyesight. I'm diabetic and take care of it out of fear of becoming blind. The fact that it protects the rest of my body is good.

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    1. I, too, think it would be easier to cope with losing your hearing.

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  2. This is an interesting question. Hubby and me have talked about this before. Koda in his final days lost his eyesight, but still had hearing. He adapted pretty well. I think personally I would rather hear than see. At my age I can imagine what something looks like but I would still want to be able to carry on conversations with those I love. So I'm going with I would rather lose my sight than my hearing.

    betty

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    1. I would be able to imagine things too. And I think my imagination, most of the time, would make things in life far more beautiful than they are. Not being able to hear would be so depressing!!

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  3. This is so spooky, Paula - I have just been reading up on how to protect and preserve your eyesight thinking I might write about this in one of my blog posts next week!! I would miss so much beauty if I lost my eyesight and doing all my craft and D.I.Y projects would not be possible so for me if I had to choose I think I would prefer to lose my hearing - though once again you have made me realise I should give thanks for having both!! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. YES, we should give thanks for both. We often take them for granted, don't you think?

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  4. I would go with no hearing because I would miss seeing God's beautiful creations. I could adjust to the no hearing. I love looking at things and seeing the beauty everything has. Thanks for the question. Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks for participating today Stacey! I would miss the beauty of the world too!

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  5. Gosh this question is a no-brainer for me. My husband has lost his eye sight over the last 10 years and with it he lost all his beloved pastimes because they were all based on sight. And so are mine - I NEED to be able to see for him and for me. I have a cousin who is deaf - she gets along with lip reading and remains mostly independent. She has hobbies, she can work, but to loss sight greatly inhibits your world. And if genetics plays out, I will lose my hearing just like mom my did. And I remember when she started getting hard of hearing and started using a hearing aid, if she didn't want to hear something she took her aids out - haha - she felt it was kind of a plus.

    No matter, loss of hearing for me would be my choice. Please God ... let me keep my sight.

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    1. There would be a lot of pastimes that would go if we didn't have our eyesight!! My kids tell me I am losing my hearing too! I think they might be right!

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  6. Hi Paula - I think I'd go for hearing ... though shouting at my elderly uncle who had essentially lost his hearing nearly 'killed' me ... and losing my voice - now that would be serious!!!

    Not an easy choice - and one we never have to make ... it'll be made for us - I would expect ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. No it wouldn't be an easy choice. And I am glad I don't have to make it!

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  7. I would rather not hear than not see - I already have hearing loss, so I think I could deal with it better - and remain independent. That's my big fear: To burden my son or society.

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  8. I would rather lose my hearing. I love to read and although I know the blind can read braile, I would really miss seeing and reading books!

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    1. We could always listen to books if we could no longer see.

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  9. I have relatives (a married couple) who are both blind and to see how they cope and maintain their independence is amazing. They also have two lovely daughters and are now grandparents. I suspect they would be devastated if they lost their hearing as they are both musical. However for me I would rather lose my hearing. Missing out on all the visual things in the world would be much harder for me that not hearing. I'm sure it would be easier to maintain my current lifestyle.

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    1. I have encountered some amazing people throughout my career as a nurse who could neither see nor hear. How people adapt is nothing short of a miracle.

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  10. I have been fluent in sign language for nearly thirty years, so my hearing would be the easier of the two to lose for me. I would not likely even go for a hearing aid. But sunrise, sunset, peonies, autumn leaves, dragonflies, snow falling outside my living room window (when I am retired and can enjoy it), my granddaughter's smile, and knitting . . . I would love to keep my eyesight.

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    1. I think it is wonderful that you are fluent in sign language. I was always going to learn but didn't. Hopefully you can read lips too so that I will still be able to talk to you, should we ever meet at the back fence. I want to keep my eyesight too. But I also want to hear!!

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  11. I like this Thursday feature!

    Initially\ I figured, "This is a no brainer ... my hearing."
    Then Betty mentioned using her memory to imagine what something LOOKS like, and I went, "hmmmm." Everyone's answers are so thoughtful!

    In the end, I'd still be loathe to give up my eyesight -- if for no other reason than I never want to be dependent on someone/something else.

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    1. Thank you Myra. I am glad you are liking Thursday Questions! I think eyesight would be the hardest too!

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  12. Wow. I guess I would choose hearing. I would hate losing the ability to read

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    1. We could always listen to those audio books!!

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  13. I really need both, but if I had to choose, it would be hearing. It would give me the excuse to finally learn sign language, which is an amazing language.

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    1. I agree Liz. Hard to chose. I want to learn sign language too. I wonder what is keeping me from doing it?

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  14. I think it would be easier to lose your hearing.

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  15. Deafness runs in my family. My sister heard her first clear words in a decade when she got her Cochlear Implant last year. I have four family members who only have one eye and two of them have very poor vision in that eye. One gets a very expensive and painful shot in that remaining bad eye each month to save the sight she has. I know for a fact that deafness if preferable to blindness.

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    1. I think I would agree with you Kranky!

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