I want to thank everyone for their prayers and kind wishes.
The surgery was a sucsess. The entire tumor was rempoved and at least some functionality was retained in the hearing nerve in the bad ear. I would estimate it's about 50% now, but the doctors have suggested that that is likely to improve in the next 4 weeks. The ultimate result will not be known for several weeks after further healing and hearing tests are done.
As a bonus, typically in these cases I was told the patient losses two functional balance nerves on the impacted side which get compensated for over time by the other side of the brain . I don't now how he did it, but DR.Post managed to save what he believes will be at least partial or full use of one (much rarer but harder to be test). That means when I am fully healed, it is likely my balance wil be even better than for the typical patient. He said from a neurological perspective, if you looked at 1000 acoustic neuroma cases, my result was somewhere in the top 50. I paid for him out of pocket because I was told I was getting the Michael Jordan of this condition....well it appears hit hit the game winner.
Right now my balance is poor. I need to walk with support, but I'm getting around well enough and even bathed myself. I also have some transitional symptoms with double vision in some fields. If that does not correct in time, (and the doctors think it will), we can cope with glasses. The doctors feel it was not a result of the surgery because they were nowhere near those nerves, but the surgery mave heightend some other visual wekaness that already existed or irritated a nerve temporarily.
The major obstacle was that on the day of my scheduled release, a medium sized kideny stone decided to move (nice timing huh). I was in such pain that they had to give me something stronger than morphine for relief. It did not pass and has moved to a sensitive area, but is pain free now. It will be be have to dealt with shortly. I'l start talking to my urologist later today.
I feel well enough to today to thank you all again.
I'll log on from time to time, but not often given how much I still have to deal with.
THanks for all the support.
You can contact me here but ny responses will be very limited. I need rest.
(Hi Wayne, pls see my notation in your other post with your surgical update.. thanks for understanding! Hang in there! Phyl)