Thank you for the warm welcome. As Iâ€™ve already told several people, speaking with others makes me feel less like a patient and more like a person, particularly since the healthcare profession can be rather daunting. (Not too many doctors will let you lean on their shoulder. ;p) This website has definitely been informative and, truthfully, I'm glad it's here for new people like me.
Fortunately, Iâ€™m not showing many symptoms. When I was first diagnosed in May, I had sudden hearing loss (the reason why I went to an ENT ) and some balance problems and headaches. Currently, Iâ€™m steady on my feet (hence, I can still wear high heels); however, my right ear is muffled, as though a cotton swab is inside it, with constant ringing. When I look back though, I laugh. I wear 4-5 inch heels and, on the onset, I was losing my balance every once and awhile. People would give me weird looks that clearly said, â€œâ€¦.Girl, if you canâ€™t walk in those, donâ€™t be wearing themâ€¦â€ or â€œâ€¦.sheâ€™s imbibed a little too muchâ€¦â€ Well, itâ€™s 5-oâ€™clock somewhere. ;p Seriously, thatâ€™s all we can really do. Try to take it with a smile and pray for the best.
I appreciate the information about Wake Forest. I will definitely look into it. None the less, Iâ€™m elated to hear about your successful treatment with a Duke neurosurgeon. My neurosurgeon is Dr. John H. Sampson and, last Friday, I met with a radiologist, Dr. John Kirkpatrick. Both are Duke doctors and I was pretty impressed, but still undecided.