Friday, January 15, 2010

Ear Surgery Sounds Like It Was Successful!


I had my post-operation follow up today and had half of the packing removed from my ear.  They removed the portion of packing on the outside of my eardrum, and the other half that's on the inside will dissolve on its own over the next two months, at which point I will be hearing the best I have in almost 5 years!  I can already hear better than I did pre-surgery, and my hearing will continue to get better once all the surgery packing dissolves.

For those wondering what I had done, here is a breakdown of the surgery:
So the picture here is my inner ear....well, ok, it's not MINE, but that's what it looks like.  When I had my accident 5 years ago this July 4th, the waterski impacting my head damaged the incus bone.  It's the one in the middle that is supposed to connect the malleus and the stapes (the other two bones in the trio).  So the surgeon cut a piece of my outer ear to allow better access of the surgical tools into my ear canal, and then cut open my eardrum to gain access to the inner ear bones.  He then removed my dislocated incus bone and put a prosthetic bone in its place.

He must have used "The Force" like a Jeddi or something in order to get that tiny bone, the size of the tip of a ball point pen, into place between the other two bones.  No wonder I can't blow my nose, sneeze, or exercise for a while!

Thank you to everyone who expressed their support and prayed for this to go well, cause it did!  It was nice to talk to everyone, and it will be nice to hear you all again soon! Haha.

Josh

4 comments:

  1. hey guys!!! we're sad we never got to say goodbye. how are you all doing? we miss you! take care

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that it's finally resolved! Awesome!

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