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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Today was the big day! My little sister got her hearing aids!
I was so shocked by how tiny these hearing aids were, although I guess it shouldn't have surprised me seeing how my sister is so tiny! Twin A had picked a light pink sparkly color for the inner part and a hot pink for the piece that goes behind her ear. It was adorable! My mom told her that the hearing aids are like super ears, and she's so excited.
The hearing aids came with all of these accessories; cleaning pieces, storage, pieces to make sure they're working, extra batteries... Of course, there were also a bunch of booklets to read through with instructions! Talk about information overload!
The hearing aids worked beautifully though. The audiologist did some tests at her office, and she said that my sister will have to go back about three times over the next month, just to get the hearing aids adjusted perfectly to how she needs them. But even with them set at a low setting so noise wouldn't bother my sister as she gets used to hearing, they worked wonderfully. My sister could have a conversation with us without anyone yelling to her. She could hear us calling her name even when she wasn't looking at us. It was amazing!
What was really cute was that my sister got a little stuffed bear as a present with the hearing aids... And this bear sported hearing aids of his own! The only problem was that it was a boy, so obviously my mom had to go to work with permanent markers and give the bear hair and eyelashes... It looked pretty good in the end! Everything made my sister so excited about her hearing aids, and everyone else is just as excited as well.
It's going to be a whole new world for everyone now... Twin A I'll be able to hear us, so we won't have to yell. She'll be able to hear herself, so she won't be yelling all of the time. She'll be able to hear her twin, so the two of them won't have to scream when they're playing (though maybe that's just a six-year-old thing). And she'll be able to hear her tablet and the television so we can stop having everything blaring in the house! It's going to be great!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.