Here's an update:
Started good Monday - surgeons said they got more of the tumor, but as expected still had to leave some. My abdominal incision for the fat transplant was trying to bleed again but they were keeping an eye on it and fixed it before I left the operating theatre. I came round a bit sore, but in the to be expected range. Unfortunately, a couple hours later, I heard a noise like a very loud white noise, and 10 minutes after that my hearing on my right side was gone. I'm deaf right now. they took me down for an MRI no cause identified.
Steroids might help, but the surgeons are not highly hopeful - they chatted with other neurosurgeons, some had heard of this happening, none with their own patients. Apparently this can happen with surgeries not even done on the head (like heart or spine). For some reason, I have become ComplicatedChris! A magent for unusual stuff and its not a good unusual. On the bright(wish) side, I can have a cochlea implant if the hearing isn't returning within 6 weeks.
Today, I noticed a drip from my nose when I leaned forward - I'm sure at least half members of this website knows what that means... CSF leak will be fixed tomorrow morning. I have to swap my lovely PJs for a stylish hospital gown again!
I was feeling great today (well once they ramped up the steroids I did) - the surgery will be simplified by the fact that they can plug up my left side knowing the hearing is already gone. I was using a bicros hearing aid and doing very well with it. Not sure about what comes next, but as someone that interviews people for a living, the thought of being deaf is not easy to feel good about.
I'll keep you posted - hopefully everything will turn out fine in the long run, and others won't despair if they run into some hurdles on their healing journeys