This is the smoke detector for the deaf that our local fire department installed for us at no charge. In case of a fire, the white round plastic thing (which is placed under Jazzie's pillow) vibrates like crazy and the light flashes around the room (almost like lightning or a strobe light) in order to wake her up. Not only can this unit be connected to a smoke detector, but to a phone and the doorbell as well.
It's a great thing, but lately we have been having some issues with it. Yesterday (for the second time this month), it went off in the middle of the night for no reason. I woke up around 2:30 AM because of it. I am not sure if it was the light that woke me up or if it was the vibration (which I could hear all the way across the hall in our bedroom). So I walk into Jazzie's room who is still sound asleep! I can see her body shaking because the thing is vibrating and the very bright light is flashing around her room and she is sleeping through it all.
I couldn't help but laugh at the fact that Jazzie is shaking in her bed and not waking up. However, I am also frustrated that this smoke detector is not working correctly and I am scared because Jazzie is not being woken up by it like she is supposed to. Right now it's fine, because Matt and I are here, but what happens when she is older and we are not around? What happens if there is a fire and she doesn't know it?
Even though Jazzie is leading a perfectly normal life as a deaf person with a cochlear implant in a hearing world, situations like these remind me that she will always face challenges and it worries and scares me...