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Last year I had two surgeries. They were successful, and while it took me a few months and a lot of physical therapy, I felt like I was recovering. Until earlier this year, when I took a nosedive back into being unbalanced and having vertigo. After some examinations and tests, the doc has determined that I need another surgery.

It's been a fun ride the last week figuring this out. At first he thought I had something else, something that isn't particularly helped by surgery, and is only sometimes helped by a month to six months of complete bed rest-which I didn't really want. And the interim treatment for it was very restrictive: no bending or lifting more than 5 pounds, no going above 500 feet above sea level or higher than 5 stories in a building, as close to bed rest as possible except for work. I watched a lot of tv and played a lot of games on the Xbox.

But after an MRI last weekend, and a CT today, my doc has determined that what I have is basically what I had last year, only in a different part of my inner ear on the left side. (He showed me the scans, you can see the repairs are still there and healed-this is new damage.)

So, I'm looking at another surgery, the second week in July. This is good news! I know how to do this, I did it twice last year. I know what the recovery period feels like. I can do the physical therapy again. It's going to be hard financially to get all the same bills for all the same things, but we'll manage somehow. And I no longer have the anxiety and stress of an undefined injury or illness, maybe something that would be chronic.

I haven't had much to say for months now, as I've been focused on recovery. And now I'm excited, as strange as that may sound, to have surgery and resume getting well. I know there'll be some pain, discomfort, and difficulty during the recovery period, but there will be an end eventually and a new normal, and I look forward to that.

In the meantime I've started reading comic books, following a lot of interesting stuff on Tumblr, and planned some sewing and knitting projects for when I'm well.

I hope you're all having a good year!

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fgherman
May. 30th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
I hope that all goes very well and that we start seeing a lot more of you.
snippy
May. 30th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've been thinking of you, what with Joel's birthday earlier this month and Father's Day coming right up. And also packing his books, and then unpacking them in our new apartment. I hope things are going well for you and your daughters.
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