Hello there, everyone.
As of today, it has been exactly 7 weeks since my surgery. It seems much longer ago for me actually. I had to look at the calendar and count it three separate times. The pain, the unknowns, all seem so far in the past. Today also begins my second full week back to work. Last week went very well I think. It was good to be back, and there were no emergencies at work that taxed me too much. I got up at my normal 5 AM to do my short workouts and stretching. (Because I have people that work for me in Sweden, England and Germany, I can get a lot of work in before lunch.) And then I left work a little early to avoid the afternoon rush hour traffic. Our offices are right next to the University of Central Florida, and the college students drive like idiots. (I'm thankful that there are no more of them left in our family ;-) However, I stayed a full day yesterday. So I believe that I'm back on my normal schedule.
Everyone at work is surprised that I'm "back so soon". Many have seen the original pictures of my scar. But I have my haircut before I started back that completely camouflaged by scar area. As you can see in my picture here, you can only see the leg of the scar that drops below my ear. Overall, it looks like it has been there forever, and I'm very pleased with the work that Dr. Field and Dr. Patni did. My balance has been no problem at all. Of course, my hearing is completely gone, but it was pretty much gone before the surgery. I've learned how to cope in the office already. I know where to sit in a meeting room that is best for my single-side hearing. I have headphones that I already use for online meetings and phonecalls. And if I don't hear something, I'm not shy to ask someone to repeat themselves. It all works. I've told people that I'm now ready for promotion to Senior Management as I have a hole in my head, and possibly even Upper Management because of the fat that they added to close the incision. (Of course, I'm careful who is in the room when I share that joke.) My biggest detriment is that I'm no longer spending a full day with my buddy Tessa Rose. I'm still adjusting to that, but I enjoy coming home to her that much more.
So my next milestone will be an MRI just prior to Christmas. I don't expect anything new to come from that. I believe they are just looking for any anomalies. (And no, Mom, there is no reason to believe that there is anything wrong.) It is routine to have a 3 month post-surgery MRI. Everything is going as "normal". My new normal now includes single-side deafness, tinnitus, numbness of the right-edge of my tongue. affected taste buds, very slight weakness of the right-side of my face (you can see the bags under my right eye in the picture), and I still get an occasional ripple of my facial nerves. I notice it happening mostly at times that I get laughing too hard, and sometimes when I'm laying in bed when the right-side of my head is on the pillow. I'm not concerned, as it can be years before everything settles out in my head. (Maybe longer if you are talking to Tessa.)
So thanks again for stopping by to read my update. And if I don't get the chance to write before the holiday, I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. We do have so much to be thankful for.
Love you all,