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Author Topic: Also In Australia  (Read 2049 times)
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« on: October 27, 2011, 12:50:23 AM »

Hi Guys and Girls

Really stoked i found this message board

Im also in Australia (sydney via country South Aus) and going in for my operation on the 7th, so about a week and a half. Im 25 and seem to have always had trouble with my ears, mostly infections in my left ear. I though it was because i used to surf and swim alot, turns out i have a cholesteatoma in my left ear. i hav only just started having nausious spells but befor that it was all fine, i just ued to get all blocked up through the nose and ears.

I dont have private health insurance, but thankfully australia does have medicare, its still costing and arm and a leg but at least ill have my hearing!

Just a few questions if anyone feels like replying please do....

Do you have to stay in hospital overnight? not really keen on hospitals and would rather be home in my own bed?
I have a week of work, do you think thats long enough?
How long was it before you could fly again? and has anyone had complications flying after?

Ill try and keep my Message Board updated if people are keen to see how i get on, because i know it helped me reading others.


Sorry im not much of a speller!
Zachary Craig
Posts: 2

« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 02:11:51 AM »

Hey Paddy,
     You spelled Cholesteatoma correctly.  I think we can overlook the rest.  I was drawn in by you mentioning that you're located in Sydney.  I was born and raised and still live in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I was fortunate enough to travel to Sydney (and Melbourne) on a high school jazz band trip a week after my senior year.  This was back in 2003.  I had my first removal operation and subsequent implant operation when I was 4 in 1989.  Never had a problem flying in my life, although I couldn't for a little while after.  Never had pressure build up any more than the next guy - not even during the 14 hours from LAX to Melbourne (and, yes, I did learn to not pronounce the R in Melbourne.).  Keep your spirits up mate, it does get better.  I might recommend learning to play a wind instrument.  It helps with understanding notes and pitches more than a tuned guitar or piano because of the sound reverberating in your cranium.  Best of luck to you and keep flying!

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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 07:18:25 PM »

How did the Op go?
In Melbourne my doc offered I could have it done as Day Surgery and go home same day, or stay overnight. I chose the overnight. It was a good choice.  Apparently as they operated on my ear I suffered a virtual motion sickness while under anesthetic and at some point vomited violently. But I didn't feel it and just woke up tired and with a sore chest (supposedly from heaving).

All the best.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2012, 07:32:48 AM »

Hi Royt777! Quick question, how long was your recovery?
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