Surgery Season

It seems to be surgery season for me and my family.  First on the list was our dog Ben.  The doctor repaired Ben’s knee and torn ligament.  Ben is doing much better and is scheduled to have his staples removed on Wednesday.

Next was Mom and Dwayne.  They both had surgery on Friday and both are recovering well.

Today it was my turn.  The doctor fixed some issues I was having with the veins in my right leg.  The surgery went well and I am now resting at home.

Surgery season has been a success, but I think we should refrain from doing this again.

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Baby Ben Update

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Ben had knee surgery yesterday.  The doctor stabilized the knee, so it will not pop out of place anymore.  He also repaired a torn ligament.

I picked Ben up this afternoon and brought him home.  He is doing as well as could be expected.  His leg hurts and he limps a lot.  He also spends a good deal of time crying.

I took the above picture about 30 minutes after he took his pain medication, so he was in a good mood.

I put tie-down stations around the house and in the back yard.  This will allow Ben to walk around, but prevents him from getting on furniture and from running.

The other dogs have been great with Ben.  They each walked slowly up to Ben and sniffed him.  They come and check on Ben from time to time and gently lick his face.

Ben’s brothers are all behaving well; however, Ben is not allowed to be unsupervised around any of them.  I don’t want any of our other dogs to accidentally hurt Ben or to mess with Ben’s stitches.

I know the next few days are going to be hard on Ben, but his family loves him and we are all going to take great care of him.

Poor Baby Ben

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Baby Ben’s knee is dislocated and he will need surgery to repair it.  Apparently, the knee would pop out of place and then pop back into place.  This explains why the regular veterinarian didn’t see it on the x-rays.

I took Ben to an orthopedic veterinarian, Dr. Newman, and he was able to diagnose the problem and said the only way to fix it was to surgically stabilize the knee.

Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and then he will need six weeks of rehabilitation to ensure complete healing of the joint.

We are all praying for a quick and full recovery.

BAHA Implant Update

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I finally got the outer processor for my BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) implant this week.  I am not really sure how I feel about it yet.

I am hearing better, which is great.  However, it sounds a lot different from a typical hearing aid.  I struggle to understand what people are saying, but I guess that will get better as I get used to the device.

The outer processor has a magnet, which attaches to the magnet under my skin, and sends the sound vibrations to the titanium screw in my skull, which then vibrates to send the sound directly to my inner ear.  The two parts are working great together and putting on the outer piece is really simple.  I just hold it up to my head, so the magnets can pull toward each other, and it pops into place.

The downside of the magnet system is the outer processor can be knocked off my head.  It’s a delicate and expensive device, so dropping it is not recommended.

The audiologist did give me a clip with a plastic wire that can attach to the outer processor and then it can be clipped to my shirt.  I am not a fan of this device.  I feel like a preschooler, whose parents clipped stuff to their shirt to prevent them from losing it.

In about a week or so, I am going to write another blog post about the implant.  By then I will be used to it, so some of these problems should be solved.

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.

Bell’s Palsy Recovery

I saw the neurologist today and he was impressed by how fast I am recovering from Bell’s Palsy.  I have regained 95% of muscle control in the last three weeks.

The doctor said I am very lucky, because a lot of people take months to achieve this level of recovery.  Also, I will not need physical therapy or facial nerve stimulation treatments.

I have an appointment in two weeks to see an ear specialist.  Since I had surgery on the mastoid bone ten years ago, I may need another surgery to clean out any leftover fluids from the infection.

I am pleased with my current rate of recovery and appreciate everyone that has prayed for me, sent positive thoughts, and helped me during this difficult time.