Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! It’s good to hear I’m not alone, even when others don’t share the exact same issues.
Your story about your friend and your dog is too funny! It’s always a little amusing when our friends and family forget that we’re, well… disabled. This weekend, one of my friends apparently was delivering a full speech on my bad side — only to realize I hadn’t heard a single word! He slunk around to my good side, mumbling, “So — now that I’ve remembered you can’t hear on that side — as I was saying…”
All my best to you and your dog! I’m glad you’ve found people in the world who understand you. :)