Praising God After MRI
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thanks to all my sparkfriends who have been praying for me. I had my MRI today and the results were normal--no tumor, as was feared! God is so good to me!
That means that the constant symptoms I've had for 17 months is probably due to the Meniere's Disease. I have decided to go ahead with the endolymphatic-mastoid surgery, which is basically cutting through the sac in the inner ear that holds fluid and inserting a shunt to help it drain properly. Small risks that include facial paralysis and a change in hearing, but balanced by an 85% chance that it would be successful in reducing or eliminating the Meniere's episodes that happen now about once a week, or more if it rains.
My only other options are to stay on valium the rest of my life or a more serious nerve section surgery. The surgery I'm having is day surgery unless there are complications, and recovery at home for a week because most people have a lot of pain for several days.
After that heals, I will start on the vestibular rehabilitation exercises to help the benign positional vertigo. That should take 3-4 months to see some improvement. The balance function that I've already lost (39% on one side) is gone forever; there is no way to restore it, so I'll just have to learn to live with that.
I am absolutely convinced that God's hand was guiding me to this doctor and all will be well in His perfect time.
Thanks again for your prayers. May God richly bless every one of you.