Tuesday, July 23, 2013
So many hurrahs! Firstly, my operation went ahead on June 25th - no complications. Bruising and swelling will take up to 12 weeks to go down but is already much reduced and hardly noticeable from a visual point of view. Total recovery time is up to a year but again, to look at me you wouldn't know. I have some facial paralysis but it's hard to see. Obviously I can feel it but I'm confident it's temporary and will ease in due course. In fact it's already much improved. As is the hearing in my right ear - despite some weeks before the op, one of the junior dr's telling me it couldn't possibly be connected. The consultant surgeon who performed the op, agreed it was connected, is a recognised though not so common side effect, and should indeed improve as a result of the op.
The wound hasn't totally closed yet, I'm still having to wear a dressing, my hearing is still affected, there is still some discomfort from the bruising and swelling, and I'm not supposed to exert myself too strenuously but already there is much improvement and I'm so relieved it's over and done with.
As a huge tennis fan, what better way was there for me to distract my mind from the post op discomfort than by watching Wimbledon? I've been following Andy Murray's career for about 9 years or so, watching him win Olympic gold, the US open, and Wimbledon, over the last year has been a delight. All that promise being fulfilled. Reminds me what we can each achieve when we really set our minds to it and strive for our goals.
Which brings me nearly up to date. Four days after Wimbledon finished - I came away on a kind of extended holiday/recuperation. I'm currently sitting in a lodge near New Milton, overlooking the sea. More about that in my next blog. All I'll say for now is - bliss, bliss, bliss!