Pronunciation: /ˈtin-ət-əs, ti-ˈnīt-əs/
: a sensation of noise (as a ringing or roaring) that is caused by abodily condition (as a disturbance of the auditory nerve or wax inthe ear) and typically is of the subjective form which can only beheard by the one affected
We were sitting at the dinner table...who am I kidding? Let's start again.
It was Hell time. AKA: Dinner. And as some of you know from FB unless N is being babysat by Deigo, Dora, Elmo or Sid, it's a disaster. Tonight I was decidedly stubborn and insisted that he stay and sit with us (WHY? Dummy. That's why.) He single handedly destroys the calm dinner scene I always have in my head by yelling, screaming and throwing things off the table the entire time if things don't go his way. He's spoiled beyond belief, and he's in the full throes of the terrible twos and is, well...terrible.
Tonight I decided that letting him watch DVDs during dinner was dysfunctional (and the ensuing drama was not??) and stuck to my guns. He proceeded to sit next to me and scream in a very high pitch for 15 min. straight while I completely "ignored" him. Why the fit? He had seen me stash my iPhone before dinner and was now screaming for that...another screen.
He threw his plate, his bottle, and his passy all overboard, screaming all the while, as I pretended not to be the least bit ruffled. Really I was moments from a severe psychotic break. "Disturbance of the auditory nerve", indeed.
We yelled over him to "PASS THE WATER!!" and "THIS IS GREAT ABBA, THANK YOU!" and even tried, "HOW WAS YOUR DAY????"
As soon as the other kids could escape, they did. And as they did, he slowly began to wind down. He concentrated on his salad, and was eventually quiet. BAW was mumbling something about needing more than a stiff drink. That's when the ringing in my right ear started: a loud high pitched single constant tone in my ear, while the rest of my ear seemed to be clogged.
BAW assured me that many Rock "greats" suffered from the same affliction, and gave me words of encouragement by saying that Jimi Hendrix only suffered from Tinnitus for TEN YEARS. Sheesh.
Well, my current predicament at least got me out of bedtime (too bad that baths were last night) since whenever BAW or the big kids would try and talk to me I would either not hear them or would loudly yell, "WHAT??" much to their amusement.
It's a few hours later, and the ringing has finally stopped and now my ear is just deadened to all other noises.
Which may not necessarily be a bad thing.