I recently read a blog from a mom who realized that her kid need bit of "nightlight" at bedtime. I feel badly for all parents not knowing this. ITS a MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All kids with hearing loss DO need a night light in their room for bedtime. Its a sense of security especially you can't hear your surroundings while you're in bed. I grew up with bit of light in hallway with my door tad bit open, then later I guess when I got older, I wanted more privacy. Then I had night light. AND I still do!!!!!!! LOL. I have to have it. I feel safer..I know it sound silly but it's something I have to have so I can wake up and use my vision to know what's around me if in case of danger or something amiss. One thing though, I don't like it blaring right in my face, it has to be behind (almost) a dresser or across the room. Just a little bit of light. Mine is a Crystal rock light, very low dim and I put it on the corner on the floor beside my night stand. (So its not directly in my face) Sean, my husband would tease me about having a nightlight..but I think he understands. A story to tell, one night..there was a power outrage and of course no lights...Sean came home in middle of night later than I expected and he was standing by the bed. (and I didn't know that CA, my daughter came in the middle of night and slept beside me, here I am thinking it's Sean) AND I sense something. it woke me and all I saw was a big figure. Suddenly I start screaming on top of my lungs, and I know that the neighbours probably heard it. I was thinking its a burgler because the power is out..and alarm is not activiated. You know the rest, it was a night that we never forget. AND CA never went to our bed ever again..needless it was pretty scary moment. And I shouldn't forget to mention another thing, I have a strong sense of "smell"..so if I smell something, I wake up fast. Often I get mad at Sean for making coffee too early in the morning because then I can't go back to sleep once I "smell" it! LOL Poor Sean, try to have breakfast and coffee in wee morning without waking me. Talk about sensitive! Due to my hearing loss, my other senses heightened.
I think Cory is the same thing too..some nights I would go to his room to check on him, he can sense my presence (maybe my smell)..and yup Im the same way. I try to be careful not to get too close.