Oh wait.. thats Kansas, not Nebraska. wrong state.
So 9 weeks ago, I received my abutment. I've been in the Philippines for 8 weeks. Two weeks from today I will be home, 2 days later, I'll go in to have my abutment checked to see if I can wear my processor home. I can't hardly wait.
I've had interesting experiences here in the Philippines. One relates to my abutment. Due to a non-related issue, I visited the emergency room. I had X-rays taken of my head/neck/shoulders. This is the first time I've seen my head since Jean-Claude was evicted. The doctors are all in a tizzy. I have no less than 5 doctors asking me questions.
I explain my BAHA abutment. Jenny, the co-worker who drove me told me she had seen it previously and thought it was a piercing.
The X-ray tech comes out and asks if I am wearing a hair clip. I explain my BAHA once again. They ask me to take out my post. I explain its a permanent implant. The X-ray tech and the nurse make all kinds of sounds and speak in Tagalog a bit more. They snap 8 or so more X-rays.
When the film comes up, the first thing I think is "Oh my God, what is that?". The X-ray looks a bit of a warzone. This is the first X-ray I've had since my original Translab surgery. There is a 2' by 3 ' metal chainmail-looking rectangle behind my right ear. I can count the 3 screws originally placed in my skull. I can also see my BAHA post clear as day. It too looks like a metal screw in my skull, albeit a larger one.
I realize that the doctor is explaining the X-ray and I've been gawping at my hardware, I had no idea what she's said.
My site has healed nicely,and I no longer look like I have such a pronounced dent in my head. Occasionally when the weather is nasty here, I get the wonky-head. If I don't get enough sleep, I swear my head still swells. I've had multiple people ask me about my "nozzle".
I can't wait to go home.