Pre-Op Physical is Over!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Well, it took all day, but I'm finally done with all the pre-op stuff for my shunt surgery on August 17th. Had to see the doc again for a short physical, then meet with anesthesia, and then labwork. Naturally, everyone was an hour or two behind schedule, so we were at the clinic for about four hours.
After hearing all the risks again, I'm feeling a tad anxious about it, but I have to make myself go through with this! I had the idea that it was simple, like putting tubes in a child's ears. WRONG! Aside from the usual risks of infection and bleeding, there's a risk of facial paralysis, hearing loss, bleeding from the brain, meningitis (because he's cutting very near the brain), and a bunch of others.
The good news is that God is good and He is control! There is an 85% chance that this will either eliminate or greatly reduce the Meniere's episodes I have. (Had one nearly every day this week because of the weather.)
Doc also warned me that I would probably be extremely dizzy for a while afterward plus in a lot of pain because they will drill through a bone. It'll be worth it if I can get some of my life back. I know God has His hand in this.
If anyone else has had the endolymphatic shunt surgery, I would love to hear about your experience.
Blessings to all,