At the top of my list of things to get done on our trip to the USA was double ear surgery.
After being diagnosed with Exostosis a few years ago, I ignored the problem until it became serious. That happened while we were in Peru, (remember that post here). Peru is a country where they don’t even do ear surgery, so we came back to California.
On Monday I checked in to House Ear Clinic, one of the most famous ear clinics in the US. I was encouraged after meeting my surgeon. As bad as my ears were, he seemed confident. They knocked me out and went to work on my right ear.
I woke up in recovery and was told that the first surgery went well, but the ear was a little worse than the doctor had thought. After cutting in behind the ear and puling it forward, the doctor was able to see more bone that needed to be drilled. This took longer than expected and ultimately led to the need for a skin graft.
I’m no stranger to surgery, or to pain. I was expecting some discomfort. But I found that this ear surgery was a different kind of pain. For the fist time I actually voluntarily took my pain medication, and I doubled the dose. The first night was pretty bad. It’s gotten better but I’ve still spent most of the week in bed.
One ear down, one to go.
My next surgery will be middle of next week.
To all my surfing and kayaking friends out there, I have one thing to say to you…
WEAR EAR PLUGS.
If you don’t wear them it’s not a matter of if, it’s when.