Posted by: T. Boyd | December 7, 2017

Diary of a Cochlear Implant

December 30

It has been a pretty rough recovery these past 3 1/2 weeks.  I have felt really well only about 4 or 5 days.  Most of the time, a little dizzy from the middle ear fluid, I would guess,  and tired most of the time.  I think it has to do with my age (77 in January coming up), and being overweight and out of shape.  I tend to suffer from mild depression as well, so I can easily talk myself into doing nothing.

We called the ENT surgeon’s office, and was told that the dizziness is fairly normal for quite a while.  I was also told by a lady with experience with CI patients that it sometimes takes months to get completely over the general anesthesia.

My wife is a great encourager, so overall I know it will all work out and the new adventure coming up next week. My CI gets activated with the beginning of learning to hear again; I am pretty sure that the excitement from that phase of the process will help me forget these few days of mild suffering after the surgery.  It helps that I am at heart an experimental scientist who loves new adventures and research, looking forward to the challenge during the next few months.

In the meantime, I will mention that one night about 10 days ago I tried for the first time to sleep on my right side resting my right ear on the pillow.  Suddenly the room seemed to start whirling around me and I turned back over.  I didn’t try to sleep that way again for several days at which point I did not experience that effect any more.

Also, the ear swelling has just about disappeared, and my hair growing back has pretty  much disguised the surgery scar.  And I can now feel where the internal disc is located – it seems to be closer to the ear than the other few people I have seen wearing the devices on their head.  So I think that will mean the appearance will be less distracting to persons who see me wearing the external attachment.

I wish everyone a great new year and for those who are considering the CI operation to be brave and very courageous, as the Lord told Joshua when he was about to enter the promised land.  Be blessed!Screen Shot 2017-12-30 at 11.12.39 AM

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