Good News; Bad News with My Surgery

Just a quick update about my ear surgery on Monday.  How’s this for a new fashion look?!

The good news was that my doctor was able to remove all the bone filler (which I seemed to be having an allergic reaction to from the surgery in October).  Unfortunately, the bad news was that once he got into the inner ear area it looked so bad that my doctor simply wasn’t able to do anything about the “dehiscence.” That’s a fancy word for “hole.” He said it was just too risky. The hole I have is in the horizontal semi-circular canal which is where you process sound and what regulates your balance system.  And, since he wasn’t able to do anything to fix it during this surgery, most of my symptoms will remain the same:

  • pulsating — extremely loud SHHhhhhing noises in my ear
  • dizziness
  • balance issues
  • loud noises making me dizzy and/or making my vision blur (even my own voice making me dizzy)
  • vision problems (having tunnel vision sort of and being overwhelmed in grocery stories, etc. when I try to look around–just sensory overload)

Ack! I’m not looking forward to another few months of that!!  But, I know I can get through it… til the next surgery,  I guess. What I have is extremely rare (and was only discovered in 1998).  At least they know what it is now. How lucky I am!

I was/still am VERY happy that I came out of surgery okay! I have a history of coming out and throwing up for several hours. So, YAY for that! I’m a little sore and am taking it easy, but with family and friends helping hold down the fort, I’m/we’re doing really well.

That’s about it for today. Back to reading and sitting quietly!

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