Since I haven't posted in a while, I will give you a very recent Nichole story . This past Friday, Nichole got the pinky of her right hand crushed in a car door. I took her to the ER, where they took x-rays and closed the cut that also came with the slightly broken finger.
Nichole was in the exam room, and I was walking back up the hall with the Dr., having just looked at her films. He stopped me and asked how Nichole managed pain (we were about 25 feet down the *noisy* hall, and Nichole was 10 feet into the exam room, a 90 degree turn from the hall - all in all, about 35 feet from me). I explained that she has gone through two CI implantation surgeries, and handles it quite well (she is very stoic), and that she didn't like pain meds.
When I got back in the room, Nichole asked me why I had been telling the Dr. about her two surgeries! I was shocked that she had heard most of our conversation. I walked her to the door, and pointed to the spot down the hall where the chat had taken place. A grin came over her face. This is certainly one conversation she wouldn't have heard two years ago before her first CI.