The stitches are out and the scar looks great. The doctor was impressed with my hair growth. Yay for great hair! That’s the good news.
The bad news is that after removing the packing plug from my ear canal, I couldn’t hear. My inner ear is filled with blood and fluid, which contributes to the loss of course, but there is a real chance I might have significant nerve-related hearing loss. The hearing test was honestly frightening and quite disheartening. I couldn’t make out much of anything, so Dr. Wiet ramped up my steroids to Barry Bonds levels. Next step will be draining the ear via myringotomy, which I’ve had a bunch of times during ear infections .
A lot of support group folks say this is par for the course, but I sensed serious concern today in the office and it has me feeling quite uneasy in addition to dizzy. But what can I do other than rest and heal and keep the faith?
I could have had facial paralysis, a stroke, seizure, serious infection, or a host of other issues, but I came out clean on those fronts. I’m wiped out after PT yesterday (and a stupid effort to clear snow and ice off of water drains #moron). So, up and down is how it goes, I guess.
Send me your high-priority optimism readers, and please speak up!