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My stapedectomy was yesterday! My first real surgery, so I was nervous. When I woke up in recovery, I was SOOO dizzy. My ear did not hurt at first, but started to after a few minutes. The nurse was unsympathetic about the room spinning, but gave me something when I told her it was making me nauseous (gotta use the right language, I guess). Gave me something for the pain too, but I think it just made me sleep...i.e. shut up. Moved me to a room, where another nurse gave me phenergan shot for the nausea, some vicodin. Nausea went away, but pain didn't let up at all. (sidenote: I had ear infections OFTEN as a child, and even in college, and the pain feels a lot like that - sometimes more intense, sometimes bearable.) I finally realized that I could feel miserable at home, so I nibbled the graham cracker and sipped the sprite they gave me, used the bathroom, and checked out. The car ride home was horrible, but I could really tell that I could hear! I had my left ear done, and in the car I could hear my husband speaking quite well - he said he was talking pretty softly. That was good news - I can especially tell the hearing is better when I don't wear the hearing aid in the other ear.
When I got home I took two of the Vicodin my doc had prescribed and went to bed. Woke up about an hour later feeling almost good as new. I ate a little bit - more graham crackers, since I really didn't want to throw up. Doc gave me some dissolvable anti-nausea pills, so I took one of those, and that helped. The rest of the night I felt "great" - my ear felt better, and I could walk around slowly. I even talked to my mom on the phone - with my newly operated ear! It was a bit muffled, due to the gauze - and who knows what else - in my ear, but that was exciting! Before going to bed, I didn't take anything for pain...it was pretty mild, but my body felt a little sluggish, due to all the meds I had taken all day. Dropped off to sleep with no probs.

This morning, I probably should take some more Vic. Ear is hurting moderately, just above the bearable point. The doc also prescribed valium - what is that for? I am going to call and find out - the directions say take 3x a day, but that is a lot of valium, seems like. I would like to stay lucid, and I don't have any vertigo right now. Is the valium supposed to help with vertigo? If so, why doesn't it say "as needed"?

Good news: I was wakened this morning by the telephone! Laying on my right "good" ear, and heard the phone with my operated ear! It was loud too - the great significance of this is that, w/o my hearing aids, I never heard the phone ring in my house! I am taking it easy this week - my mom and sister are here to help with my 3 kids - and am going to enjoy whatever pampering I can get. Yesterday was fairly miserable, and I thought there was no way I would do it again on my right ear, but now I feel a lot better and think I can handle a little misery so both ears can hear this well! (I'm a teacher, so it will have to be next summer for the right ear.)

Sorry for rambling - it's cool to know someone else might read this that has had - or will soon have - these experiences. Can't wait to get through the next few weeks! My doc gave me good info, but is not a man of many words. If my ENT had not strongly recommended him (he does a LOT of these) and I hadn't found this board, I would have probably chickened out. So thanks!!:)

Shari
Waterone - take it easy! I felt great the next day too, but the NEXT day was the pits! Don't overdo it. Rest as much as you can now. It's like having a baby in so many ways!

I had a piece of gauze in my ear, and it was a bit bloody when I removed it, so I replaced with clean gauze. I couldn't see anything in my ear, so I have kept cotton or gauze in the outer ear, just for protection. It also muffles the loud clanking, slamming, banging that causes pain in my ear! It's a delight to hear those sounds, but they are still a bit painful. Getting better though. I am at day 4.

My doc said to NOT throw up and gave me valium to prevent dizziness, something else for nausea. I'm supposed to take it 3x a day -it's a low dose - but it does seem to reduce any dizziness, and I have only had one bout of serious vertigo. 2nd night after surgery, I woke up around 2am feeling like I was on the titanic. Had to wake hubby to fetch the valium for me. Since then, I am taking it like a good girl and doing fine. I have eased off on the vicodin. Hubby took that after colon surgery 2 yrs ago and started feeling like he was getting addicted, so I didn't want to go through that. I started taking 2 at a time, but now only 1 at a time, and only when I start to hurt. Just feels like an earache, which I am well used to. The vic will be gone tomorrow, so I guess I will ask the doc if I can just take advil after that.

Good luck - I will be checking to see how you are doing, since our surgeries were so close together!
[QUOTE=TXMommy27;3654759]Waterone - take it easy! I felt great the next day too, but the NEXT day was the pits! Don't overdo it. Rest as much as you can now. It's like having a baby in so many ways!

I had a piece of gauze in my ear, and it was a bit bloody when I removed it, so I replaced with clean gauze. I couldn't see anything in my ear, so I have kept cotton or gauze in the outer ear, just for protection. It also muffles the loud clanking, slamming, banging that causes pain in my ear! It's a delight to hear those sounds, but they are still a bit painful. Getting better though. I am at day 4.

My doc said to NOT throw up and gave me valium to prevent dizziness, something else for nausea. I'm supposed to take it 3x a day -it's a low dose - but it does seem to reduce any dizziness, and I have only had one bout of serious vertigo. 2nd night after surgery, I woke up around 2am feeling like I was on the titanic. Had to wake hubby to fetch the valium for me. Since then, I am taking it like a good girl and doing fine. I have eased off on the vicodin. Hubby took that after colon surgery 2 yrs ago and started feeling like he was getting addicted, so I didn't want to go through that. I started taking 2 at a time, but now only 1 at a time, and only when I start to hurt. Just feels like an earache, which I am well used to. The vic will be gone tomorrow, so I guess I will ask the doc if I can just take advil after that.

Good luck - I will be checking to see how you are doing, since our surgeries were so close together!


I wish they would have told me to take the antinausea pills at the hospital, since I did get sick while I was getting dressed to go home. I think next time (left ear) we will end up staying in a hotel the night after the surgery. On the way home i didn't even think to look for my meds (i had 6 prescriptions filled) until i was already getting sick again. The first day i actually did laundry and cleaned a little..i have a hard time resting.

Second day (Saturday) I paid for all of my activity. I think the antibiotics are making me sick to my stomach. I am taking 4 250mg tabs/day, does this seem like a lot? I am not getting much help w/the kids. My mother in law finally took the kids in the afternoon and i sleept all day. My hearing was very muffled today and just some mild pain (took tylenol). I also have a weird taste sensations and smells.

Third day, am. Sleept 12 hours last night. A little pain, hearing is not as muffled, but still not hearing those loud noises that everyone mentions.

Keep me posted on all of your improvements. Can't wait to hear some loud noises!