I know, just what you wanted. Another ear post. Got to bring you up to date as to why there has been no surfing despite epic swells. It’s been one complication after another and my ears are still f’ed.
I was diagnosed with Exostosis back in March (quick recap here). In April I had double ear surgery (remember surgery #1 here, and surgery #2 here). The ears healed, but due to the fact that they cut through my jaw muscle during surgery, I developed an acute form of TMJ. While getting a checkup on the jaw problem in Huanchaco, the doctor contaminated my ears with dirty instruments and I contracted ear fungus (remember that epic adventure here). My ears were never able to fully heal and since then it’s been infections and other issues. I have been going to a new doctor here in Lima once a week for the last 7 weeks. This week the doctor decided to do a minor surgery to remove a granulation in my inner ear that was causing problems.
Granulation tissue forms at the site of an injury. As the body heals, this tissue fills in the injury, and eventually scars over. In some cases (like mine), the body produces too much granulation tissue, in a condition known as proud flesh. (Really? I always thought that was something different. Learning new things every day).
Here is a picture of the granulation in my inner ear. Can you identify it? Yeah, me neither.
Doctors often treat this problem with topical applications which cauterize the granulation tissue so that it will stop growing, encouraging the body to move on to the next stage in healing. Sometimes more aggressive tactics may be necessary, such as surgery to remove the excess tissue.
You know me, I’m never one to miss an opportunity for surgery.
Now that this is done, perhaps I’ll finally heal and be able to move past this. I am dying to surf here. There are epic spots just south of Lima.
In other news, we said goodbye to my brother. Sad, but we’ll see him in December when we fly home for a couple weeks to show off the new baby.
We’ve entered our last few weeks before we dar a luz, so we’ve really started to ramp up the pregnancy training. I’ve been hammering the pages of my new favorite book, Husband Coached Childbirth. I can’t recommend this book enough to expecting couples who want to have a natural birth.
Stevie has been doing her part, eating well and staying fit. I’m so proud of her. She’s done so well through the entire pregnancy.
We’re now going to the doctor every week. This might be the most dangerous thing we do on a weekly basis. Yes, the cab is moving.
Seriously dude? My wife is pregnant. Read the paper, or drive the cab, but please don’t do both at the same time!
In the last doctors appointment we were informed that our daughter may be a bit bigger than average. Right now she is two weeks ahead.
Stevie’s biological father was 6’4″, and as you can see from the photo of my brother above, the Trujillos aren’t exactly small either! It should be interesting on delivery day.
Lets’s see, what else… I had another amazing trip up to Huaraz. It was probably my last overnight trip until after the baby is born, and might have been the best 4 days of 2012, so far. Stay tuned for the next blog post for a recap.
Until then, enjoy a good laugh while viewing the front page of the Huaraz newspaper. This pretty much sums up why I think this is the coolest town in Peru.