Prayers, mojo and kind thoughts - all works wonders for me.
I just got my head wrap off - what a relief! Ears are not meant to be tightly bound - mine was sore before the wrap came off, and screaming tender for the first half hour after. The area that was re-stitched looks a bit rough, Dr Bien said in effect, its like most of my incision is only 4 days old again vs 21 days since the surgery. I'm used to being a quick healer so this feels almost like I'm letting the side down which is silly and fruitless so I'll eat some chocolate until I feel better. My other surgeon Dr Dunn came over to look at the incision too - those doctors give me such personal attention and are so responsive, it really helps me feel better about this. If I'm not leaking after I finish taking the diuretics in a few days, I should be good. If the CSF builds up, then I may need a shunt but they are trying to avoid going down that road and I love them for that.
I have regained just a little hearing on the right - I can hear high beeps on some of my appliances, and can tell the difference between music and speech on the TV but not what anyone is saying. Interestingly, I can tell what my GPS is saying about 75% of the time! We're going to repeat my hearing tests in another week to see if there's been any change in the hearing improvements. I don't feel I'm going to gain enough to be functional, but I do feel it is exciting that I may be able to take advantage of residual hearing in order to have some acoustic hearing with a cochlear implant.
I have been blessed yet again with support from my beautiful friends and family - my son has been amazing, one of my doctors even said he would be very proud if his kids grew up to be as caring as him. My sister flew from England to spend a week with me, at her husband's insistence that he didn't need her as much as me, when he'd just had radioactive isotope for thyroid cancer (he said he had a treatment, I had surgery).... a local friend stayed with me from 7am to 7pm the day of surgery and rushed out to buy dry erase boards when I lost my hearing. And now, another friend is flying from California to spend a week with me in Oklahoma after they turn on my Cochlear Implant so we can have fun testing the implant in different scenarios and working through as much rehab as I can.
Boy am I ever wordy these days - sorry about that but glad I have good stuff to share too