Today after drop-off, I ran into two Moms that both have deaf kids that attend our school. We grabbed some coffee (Chai Tea Latte for me) and sat outside of a cafe across the street from the school and just vented to each other. All 3 of us have boys, and while all 3 have a hearing loss, they are so very different. We chatted about troubles and triumphs with therapy, equipment mishaps (2 of our kids have CIs, the other wears hearing aids), and just shared what has been on our minds.
I feel so fortunate to have such a great support network of Moms who know how it is to walk in my shoes. I really think that unless you actually have had a doctor look you in the eye and say "Your child has a hearing loss", you really have NO idea what goes on in our hearts or minds. It's like we have this unspoken understanding. And no matter the level of hearing loss, from profoundly deaf to mildly hearing impaired, we get eachother.
I don't want to discount how much I value my friends who have typically hearing children, or even my friends that don't have children. Each group of friends is so important, and I believe helps support me and my family in a very specific way. I just feel so lucky to have support from Moms who know EXACTLY how hard everyday is, even when we are having a good day.