I haven’t been on the computer much since my surgery. I simply do not feel well shortly after I get on, I get all hot and dizzy…so no computer for me. (please note, I didn’t read this after I wrote it, I am just too tired, please forgive any strangeness, grammatical errors, or anything that is just wrong.)
However, I did want to update all as to my recovery.
Had the Cochlear Implant surgery on the 25th. The incision looks great. It still hurts a bit, not terribly bad, but annoying (mostly it’s just itching now!). The tinnitus has been going Crazy!! As I mentioned in an earlier post prescription pain relievers have been making me itch, so I’ve had to try different things.
I tried Arnica Montana (most just call it Arnica) in the oral form. I’ve used the topical gel many times with much success, but I’ve never tried the tablets. Before surgery we checked to make sure it wouldn’t be adverse to my medications, but didn’t see where it said not to take it if you are allergic to ragweed. (guess what my number one allergen is? Ragweed!) So I took it for a day and my muscles seized up. I couldn’t even sit up without help. So no more Arnica for me. It took about 2 days for me to not hurt all over. Kind of ironic, I used it to help with the pain and ended up in more pain. But, hey, it took my mind off of my ear!
I am able to take an NSAID by injection. I can’t take them orally because they have caused me a lot of stomach troubles. So I have Toradol injections. Unfortunately, I can only have 2 a week. But they do help, a lot! I use this for my most intense migraines too. We decided to try 1/2 a shot to see if it helped, and it did! Yay! So I was able to have more shots just at a lower dose. This helped a lot, especially when I couldn’t sleep. But really, over all, I haven’t been in much pain, just uncomfortable with my glasses.
The vertigo started about 3 days ago. I don’t know what’s going on really, I’m sure it has to do with the fluid from swelling and it going down…or something. It’s not the normal Meniere’s vertigo. It’s often positional, so if I lie very still I don’t spin. I’ve also been having this strange sensation as if I’m having vertigo, but I’m visually spinning. I feel my body/head moving, but I’m not moving, nor do I see anything moving. It makes me just as sick as vertigo does. Strange huh? I’m still so grateful I was able to get Phenergan injections that hubby can give me. I think it has saved me many times.
I was supposed to be activated and get my processors on the 8th, but the vertigo would not let me. I thought I probably could have made it through the doctor’s visit, he is just checking the incision site, but going through the audiologist appointment would have had me on the floor! That is a LONG visit. Not only does she actually turn things on, she has to adjust things as I tell her how the beeps sound.(called MAPping for those with CI’s, or those who are just interested). Then I have to have a hearing test, not just a regular hearing test, but a very long and detailed test. I get so tired and worn out every time we do this I often have an attack that evening, so going there with me already feeling wonky in the head, would not have been wise.
Unfortunately, that means that I may have to wait until the first week of November. We/They are trying to work it out so I can get in sooner, but the way I’ve been feeling I wouldn’t say it will be too soon anyway. The office is looking to set up the appointment with my doctor on one day and then the audiologist on a different day instead of trying to do both in one day. This should be easier to schedule. Plus, it should also be easier on me. At Duke they normally try to schedule as much on the same day as possible because so many people come from far away to be seen. We often have to remind them we just live about 10 minutes from there.
So that’s my news for now. I’m tired a lot, sleeping a lot…..guess I’m healing. (oh who am I kidding, I was sleeping a lot before the surgery!) Catching up on some reading, and watching TV. The new season of Rupaul’s Drag Race just started! (actually, they are showing season 1 again, it’s a hoot!) If you asked me last year if I watched any reality shows I would have said no, but I love Rupaul’s show! after all……
“If you can’t love yourself how the hell are you going to love anyone else?…..can I get an Amen?” – Rupaul signs off each show with this quote!