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mylesmom 03-25-2008 05:02 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
[QUOTE=mommy5000;3502089]Becca,

Yes! Its tomorrow! feeling a little preassured and dis-organized. But ready! I plan on laying on my behind till Sunday. lol Any other advice will be most welcome. I'll check this site as soon as i get home from hospital.

Thanks

carrie[/QUOTE]

Good luck! I hope you have a speedy recovery that is fairly hassel free!

To all else, did you have trouble getting your insurance to approve the operation? I never thought that would happen, but I saw another thread where someone said that was their case. As I said earlier, I am only in the planning stage in case my DR recommends it.


Becca thanks for your response. I belive we will have to cancel the trip anyway, just due to another possible trip that has a higher priority. Couple a family wedding out of town and this operation, there goes all extra money for a while. :D

Pressed26 03-25-2008 05:16 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
Good luck, Carrie!! It is so exciting! We are pulling for you. Be sure to rest a lot.

A note about flight restrictions -- check with your doctor. My ear has been so sensitive to pressure, flying is not anything I want to try yet and I had my surgery over three months ago. Certainly not after just a few weeks.

Spring time in Texas has really put a number on me. I did end up going to see my doctor a few weeks ago because I thought I had lost some of the super-sonic hearing. My test results were lower from my initial post-op test, which was a little disappointing. But he gave me a steroid pack to see if that helped. It did a little. I'll pop it every now and then when it gets muffled and that helps too. NOT THAT I AM ADVOCATING YOU POP YOUR EARS POST-OP. I asked my doc specifically related to my case and he assured me careful popping would be ok. I have a regimen of nose spray and saline, some Clarinex and it is getting there. I have ringing, too, which is a little more pronounced than it has been. It won't be long and we will be in the rainy season and it will be better.

I love how we all coped with this condition -- sleeping on our good ear so our spouse can watch TV, using the good ear for all phone conversations and reading lips. And the utter delight we share when surgery is successful and we can hear all the things we have been missing like breathing, or water leaks. Heck -- even hearing the dryer beep that it is done. Listening to music in stereo is truly divine. Hearing my own voice in a way I have never heard it. I thank God daily for the men and women who developed this procedure and the mechanisms to make it work. It is miraculous!

mylesmom 03-25-2008 07:41 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
Since I only found this site yesterday, let me recap what I remember and you all can correct me if I am wrong.

If one has this surgery, remember:

1. sleep, sleep, sleep - it is real important for the healing.
2. No sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose for around one month, minimum
3. Keep allergies / sinuses under check (hard for me to do living in Louisiana).


What else is real important? Please chime in all of you who have gone through the surgery).

CAB1 03-25-2008 11:16 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
Hi all,

Wow, nice to see great results.

Becca- I had tears of joy running down my face reading the post with all the "things I can hear now" list. I so can relate to that and am glad it worked out well for you.

Mylesmom - ....psst...you forgot the most important one....
PATIENCE...PATIENCE...PATIENCE. [B]3-6 months for full recovery and hearing to stabilize.[/B]
Also, I had 3 stapedectomy's in 2007 (last one was a revision)...and insurance company never blinked an eye. If your hearing is worse than 35db, they won't have a problem with it. Just call them to verify but I'm sure it will all be ok.


Carrie - don't worry, go with the flow and rest. Thats all [B]you[/B] can control about the entire recovery. Other stuff will come and go but you can't do anything about it so don't stress yourself out trying. Hang in there and exercise...PATIENCE.

Update on me - lets see....3 months post-op on revision of right ear....
It's all good! :)

More later,

-Carol-

CAB1 03-28-2008 09:10 AM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
Hey Carrie,

I was just wondering how you are doing. I hope all went well. I'm guessing the dizzies are pretty bad right now. Please remember PATIENCE. The first 3-4 days bite but it will get better.

I'm anxiously awaiting an update on you (but I know you will post when you feel up to it).

Take care!!!

More later,

-Carol-

mylesmom 03-28-2008 05:36 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
[QUOTE=CAB1;3502635]Hi all,

Wow, nice to see great results.

Becca- I had tears of joy running down my face reading the post with all the "things I can hear now" list. I so can relate to that and am glad it worked out well for you.

Mylesmom - ....psst...you forgot the most important one....
PATIENCE...PATIENCE...PATIENCE. [B]3-6 months for full recovery and hearing to stabilize.[/B]
Also, I had 3 stapedectomy's in 2007 (last one was a revision)...and insurance company never blinked an eye. If your hearing is worse than 35db, they won't have a problem with it. Just call them to verify but I'm sure it will all be ok.


Carrie - don't worry, go with the flow and rest. Thats all [B]you[/B] can control about the entire recovery. Other stuff will come and go but you can't do anything about it so don't stress yourself out trying. Hang in there and exercise...PATIENCE.

Update on me - lets see....3 months post-op on revision of right ear....
It's all good! :)

More later,

-Carol-[/QUOTE]


Thanks for the advice! I think that this 3 to 6 months you talk about must last VERY LONG!!!!!!!! For me, I am still not sure if I will need the surgery. My ENT told me to go back at the beginning of June, and then he will review my progress. I just really think that is what he will continue to recommend. Since I work at a school and we finish the last week of May, I guess I will up that appointment and then if he still recommends it, have time to try and go to a specialist to perform the surgery, and set it up for the first week of the summer so that I can rest, rest, and rest, and then have all summer to have patience! I also think that time frame is the time when I have the least allergy problems so it would be great.

Thanks to all of you who post on this subject!!!

Carrol, I hope you are listening to the advice to rest, rest, and rest! And yes, have patience!

RAY1958 03-30-2008 04:02 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
Hi,
My name is Ray and I had the Stapedectomy surgery on March 26, 2008.
The morning following the surgery my Dr called me and asked me how I was feeling and I told him very good and that I could hear. I also told him that the hearing was better than before the surgery but not as good as the left ear ( left ear had Stapedectomy surgery 30 years ago). The DR. advise me that usually the second Stapedectomy surgery we won't see as much difference as when we had the first. On March 28, my hearing got worst. I am now feeling the following symptoms:

1) dizziness
2) sour taste on the right side
3) weakness, tired
4) can't hear that well or at all
5) stuffy ear (packing absorbing gel)

Today is March 30,2008 I still feel all of the above except dizziness.

I also feel the gel in my ear, I can't wait for the gel to disintegrate so I can have a hearing test to compare it with the left ear.

My question is the following: Am I on the right track?.

CAB1 03-30-2008 09:09 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
Hi Ray,

Welcome aboard. Tighten your seatbelt for the bumpy ride.

You certainly on the right track. In your spare time, read all the posts on here if you haven't already. Patience, patience...and...patience.

Keep us posted on your progress.

More later,

-Carol-

RAY1958 03-31-2008 12:15 PM

Re: My Stapedectomy report
 
Thank You Carol for your support.
I woke up this morning and I immediately picked up the telephone to listen to the dial tone. ;)To my surprise the right ear was almost as good as the left ear and none of the side effects that I had mentioned the previous day were present. The ear doesn't feel as stuffy but I feel the gel moving from side to side inside the ear. I am hoping that by tomorrov I should experience more of the same and not a regression.


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