BAHA Surgery Update

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The bandage is off my head now and the incision is healing nicely.

The BAHA surgery involves drilling into the skull, so it sounds like it would be extremely painful.  However, the pain is fairly minimal.

My biggest struggles right now are getting very dizzy whenever I first stand up and everything taste bad.  Temporally losing taste is not uncommon whenever surgery is done on your ears, because there are a lot of nerves that run through that area and into the sinus cavity.

This isn’t the first time I have had some nerve damage after an ear surgery and I have never had any long lasting complications.  Therefore, I am not worried about losing my ability taste food at the moment.

Overall, things are going well.  I am mostly resting and watching an enormous amount of documentaries.

Making Friends at Mac Resource Store

I had to take my laptop to Mac Resource Store, because I accidentally got droplets of glue from a spray can on the keyboard.  When I picked up my laptop, I was still wearing my bandages from the surgery.

The employee that helped me checkout is named Eric and he asked about the bandages.  That’s how we got to talking about ear surgeries.  Turns out, Eric also has hearing loss and he got a BAHA implant a few years ago.  We talked a little bit about the surgery and other surgeries.  We both had mastoidectomies done and we have even seen some of the same doctors.

I had a great time talking with Eric, because I don’t know anyone who has undergone similar surgeries as me.  When I get the outer processor for the BAHA, I am going to visit Eric again, so we can compare thoughts on the device.

It may sound funny, but I am kind of glad I messed up my keyboard.  I got to meet a great person that I can relate to in a way I have never done before.

 

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Dr. Feelgood – Documentary

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The documentary “Dr. Feelgood,” was produced by Bungalow Pictures and it is available on Netflix.

Every year, approximately 200 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers are given to patients.  This documentary discuses the pros and cons of these drugs and tries to determine at what point should a doctor not prescribe opioid painkillers.  The documentary also takes and in-depth look into a criminal case involving Dr. Hurwitz.

Dr. Hurwitz was a pain doctor in the Virginia area, until he was arrested for overprescribing medication.  He admitted to the DEA, on average his patients were taking 70 pills a day.  Two of his patients died indirectly from overconsumption of opioid drugs.

Upon further investigation,  the DEA found some patients receiving thousands of pills a month and selling those pills on the street.  They also found medical records showing a few patients tested positive for heroin and/or cocaine.  Dr. Hurwitz ignored the drug test results and continued prescribing powerful painkillers to those patients.

Dr. Hurwitz also had patients suffering from chronic diseases and severe nerve damage. These patients had a legitimate need for powerful painkillers.  One such patient committed suicide, because he could no longer get the medication he needed for his chronic pain after Dr. Hurwitz was arrested.

The opioid painkillers can be a miracle drug for people with severe chronic pain.  Unfortunately, the drugs are also addictive and have a history of being abused.  This creates a problem that is not easy to fix.

How can a doctor know how much pain their patient is actually feeling?

How can a doctor tell if their patient truly needs a powerful pain medication?

 

Double Helix Dash 5K

Today, I completed the Double Helix Dash 5k charity race.  This was my third race and it was the first time I didn’t come in last place.  I am supper happy about that.

I really appreciate my mom coming out to support me.  It’s nice to have someone wish you good luck at the starting line and have them congratulate you when you cross the finish line.  It means a lot to know she loves me and cares enough to be at the races.

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Fist 5k Charity Run – Done

I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today.  My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile.  I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile.  However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward.  I was determined to finish the race.

I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.

I am ready for a nap now.   🙂

 

 

Poor Joey is Sick

I noticed one of Joey’s toes is swollen, so I took him to the veterinarian.

I confess, as soon as I saw his swollen toe I was very worried about Joey.  He is 9 or 10 years old and a 100 pound Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix.  That puts him in the geriatric range and increases his risk for health problems.

I am glad to report that Joey will be fine.  The veterinarian found a small cut on the toe, which became infected.  He doesn’t have a fever and there is no sign that the infection spread past his toe.  The doctor prescribed and antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.

Joey needs a few days of TLC and he will be back to his rambunctious self in no time.