[bct] Re: hearing loss

  • From: "Lynnette" <superlynne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 19:45:51 -0500

MessageHi Marcia,
Maria has gone back and forth on getting a guide dog.  As I think about it, it 
might not be such a bad idea.  She's an excellent route traveller, but a guide 
dog would most likely provide an even greater level of independence when I 
can't accompany her.  it's definitely a thought.

Thank you,

From: Marsha Macchi 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 7:28 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss

  Hi, Marsha and Lazzie here.  Thank you, Kurt, for your praise of this 
message.  As a blind person with a mobility impairment (due to osteoarthritis 
of the hips due to a car accident), I can tell you that I am grateful for the 
schools reaching out the hand of service to those of us with a second 
disability.  I now use a dog with a support cane as the hips continue to get 
inevitably worse.  The surgeons don't want to do anything about a total hip 
replacement until I am at least in my 70s because they are afraid that the 
prostheses will wear out quite soon.  Then they would have to cut another 
incision to put in another replacement.  You can only do this a couple of times 
until there is no place left to cut to put in the new replacement.  By doing 
what they are doing, they are trying to keep me on my feet for as long as 
  A dog for me has been of great help in the process of keeping me on my feet 
as walking can at least retard the progress of this dreaded condition.  I guess 
I have been most fortunate in that it could have been much worse.  My current 
dog, Lazzie, is so laid back it is almost funny.  I know of some people who are 
afraid of crowded conditions because of their lack of hearing.  I know of a 
person whose hearing is just about as bad as yours is.  He is using his dog in 
crowds or rather when there is a lack of them.  There may be time that though 
the grocery store is not crowded but that two-ton car is certainly a menace to 
be contended with especially when said car is in a hurry and wants to take off 
down the street like that proverbial bat flying out of hell.  This is when I 
have been glad more than once that Lazzie was there to drag me out of harm's 
way though it hurt frightfully at the time and I wondered if I should kiss him 
or kill him.  Of course, I have made that first choice--to kiss him as I scoop 
myself up off the road.  Oh well, such are the crazinesses of life with a guide 
dog.  I am not trying to persuade anybody to do something they just don't want 
to do but just throwing it out there as an option.

  Marsha and Baby Lazzie

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Curt 
    To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 3:27 PM
    Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss

    Marsha you are 100% correct.   Years ago dog guide schools required 
students to be able to walkseveral miles and be in a specific age range but 
this is no longer true.  I think that the ADA played a part in the changes.  I 
know that Guide Dogs of the Desert   was one of the first to train people with 
multiple disabilities and senior citizensand now many of the schools will work 
with  persons with other disabilities in addition to blindness.  And I know two 
women who each have a two year old Lab that is so laid back you would think it 
is an old dog ready to retire, but these ladies don't do much walking and the 
school knew that when the dog was issued. With the aging population in the U. 
S.  there are more seniors who decide to get a dog.  Once again, a dog is not 
for everyone, it is a personal choice.  

     ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Marsha Macchi 
    To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 1:30 PM
    Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss

    Hi, Marsha here.  As a guide dog user of long standing, you don't have to 
walk the marathon or run like the wind to think that a guide dog is not worth 
your while.  I do not do a great deal of traveling at this point in my life but 
what traveling I do is enough to warrant one.  I know of seniors who use guide 
dogs to go to the store, go to the mail box or to go to their senior center or 
blind center should they wish to do so.  As a home-based business as a medical 
transcriptionist, I find it does me good to get out if nothing else but to go 
out to dinner or go for a walk.  You don't have to be the consummate traveling 
guru, going miles and miles and get on a bus every day, messing with the crowds 
and getting on and off airplanes, trains and the like to get good use of a 
guide dog.  Yes, you should keep them in practice walking even somewhat every 
day but even a young dog can and does adapt to your lifestyle.  Hope this helps 

    Marsha and Lazarus

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Anthony Rose 
      To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 8:24 AM
      Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss

      I have a guide dog, and her name is Sandy.  she's a yellow lab, 14 years 
old.  I think it will be quite a while before I get another one though.  I 
really love animals, but I don't do enough traveling to make it worth a dog's 
while, and I hate to be so unfair to the dog.  Sandy is really old now, so I'm 
sure she doesn't mind, but a young dog would probably have problems with my 
lack of travvel.
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Mary Emerson 
      To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 9:45 AM
      Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss


      I don't do enough traveling to make it worth while to get a dog guide. I 
love animals and love dogs as pets. I mentioned my favorite pet, Heidi, who was 
her own independent, rambunctious, loving character; not as rambunctious and 
goofy as Jake, but she just loved everybody and there wasn't a mean bone in 
her. She was long and lanky and could bend herself to get through almost any 
size gate or door or opening. She had Airdale eyes and was a mix of Airdale, 
lab and shepherd. I won't go on any more about her but she was just like a 
puppy for all of her 13 years.

      Now you know why I love all the dog stories on BCT and on the list!


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