Family have all been fine with the news of his deafness.
They all seemed to deal with it in there own little ways. For instance, after my call to my mum she spent the night researching childhood deafness, found us this superb charity NDCS and sent the forms off for us to attend their newly identified weekend. My mum and sister also enrolled onto a basic sign language course - bless them!
My mother in law on the other hand, just cried all the time, found it beneficial to talk to her sister and partner about her feelings. Even to this day, she doesn't like him attending deaf groups, or the word 'disability', because she doesn't see him like that. But all the same, she adores him, just doesn't seem to wholeheartedly accept the deafness, use of aids, assistance from SALT etc.. Usually says, "he's only mild, he doesn't need to go there, or see her" ...she's just protective I guess
We get the questions:
"So what can he hear?"... All the time, even a couple of months ago, I got asked that question. Usually I'm just happy to talk about it non stop, but other times.. Especially with people who are aware of Luckys deafness from the start.. I just want to scream "he wears aids to hear everything! Just talk and play with him like any other child!!!" how many times, do they have to ask the same question!
I found friends reactions slightly different, you may have experienced the same thing?
We are texting / emailing / whatsapp etc, and I bring up about Lucky wearing aids or his deafness for the first time. All of a sudden the conversion goes dead.. Nothing.
I found this hard initially, because I just didn't know what they were thinking!!
Ugh.. It's just happened with me posting a picture on Facebook of lucky signing, and I got a message from a very good friend, asking whether he had speech or language delay as to why, I needed to sign with him. I explained, then - Silence! Ugh... She's posted a status so I know she's on Facebook. Why not just reply to me..!
What do they think I'm thinking or doing??! What do THEY think..