- Nov 30, 2006
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Several years ago, our church had it's annual men/boys weekend retreat at a lake camp. Since it was all male, Reba could not be there to interpret for our one deaf member.
The music director at the church allowed me to pick out 10 hymns days ahead. That made it easier for me since I had signed them before. There was going to be announcements and a short preaching challenge. What I did not know, was that skits were added with sound effects. I was told days ahead of time it would last about an hour to an hour and a half. The other part of the day was for relaxation.
After 3 hours, and not realizing what was happening, another guy asked me, are you ok? I looked around and realized that I just zoned out completely while signing.
I asked the speaker if we could take a break? Everyone in the room laughed at me including the deaf man. He understood. Me? :Oops:
On the bold statement, three hours is too long and you need to exchange another interpreter. That is why we need two interpreters or three interpreters to sign for whatever hours you and the interpreters spend on interpreter. It is like the same for car driving and you need someone to take over your driving just like exchanging turns so that no one get tired or weary. Sorry that you had to go through like this.