Ok guys, I'm back!
What a long and painful journey this has been, from my ent referral to my first operation it's been 18 months. 6 months out and I could say this is the hardest thing I've ever done. Surgery went well, had partial wall down right ear mastoidectomy removed majority of ctoma except for what was attached to my facial nerve. Woke up nursing 14 staples behind my ear and 4 stitches inside. Lasted the night with panadol only. Pressure bandage was intense though. It's so bloody tight! Once that came off tho I think I preferred it on, having part of my head shaved with ugly staples on it was not nice, but could've been worse. Went home with strong painkillers. Off work for about 3 weeks. Wound behind ear isn't too painful it's inside the ear that hurts more. Then the staples come out and the wadding inside your ear, followed by them shoving a vaccume in your ear to clean out gunk, then they put fresh wadding in .... Have to say, that was the worst part! Almost lost consciousness in the chair why he did this. The feeling is indescribable. But I lived. Then came the constant 24/7 whoosh whoosh whooshing. Drove me insane for 2 weeks until wadding was taken out for good... Best feeling ever! I cried when I could finally hear the music out of my right speaker in my car again. After that I realised I had a great party trick! Hold my nose and blow air out of my ear and it made the loudest squeal! Almost like whales on a sonogram lol dr advised me at my check up not to continue doing this tho as I have 3 holes in my ear drum from surgery. Dues for MRI scan next month to check for regrowth! Fingers crossed all is good and we can move on to the next ear! Which I now have an annoying throbbing noise in! Lol
All in all. Surgery was worth it in my case so far, annoying things are not being aloud to wet you ear for months, the dizziness which I still get if I crouch down or get up too quick, and trying to do something with the patch of hair growing back haha. I also get strange sensation if I touch the outside of my ear, my tongue tingles. And I suffered from metallic taste for several months but it went away, although now some things taste gross! When I used to like them before!
Thanks for reading guys, look forward to reading replies
Perth. Western Australia
P.s is there any way I can share my pics with u guys??