It has been 4 weeks now since my tympanomastoidectomy surgery and i am glad to say that things are getting back to normal. Daily life is pretty normal with children, homeschooling, co-ops, and classes. My recovery is going well, although, i would love for it to go faster, but i can't complain too much. I still have very minimal hearing in my left ear, except that twice now, my hearing has returned for about 30 minutes, then disappeared again. So that gives me little glimpes of hope. It can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months for hearing to return. Also, the taste buds on the left side of my tongue are not working properly yet. If i want to taste what i am eating, i have to put the food on the right side. Who knew it would be so weird to eat food without being able to taste it? This can also take several months to come back, if at all.
The incision behind my ear and hole in my skull underneath the skin are healing well, although everything is still sore back there. I have to say the most uncomfortable thing about all of this is when i or someone else touches the outer rim of my ear at the top. The only way i can describe it is that it feels like cardboard to the touch and is extremely sensitive. The doctor said the nerves will take a few months to re-establish in there, so i just have to wait.
All in all, the whole recovery was similar to the postpartum process, except minus all the hormones, thank goodness. Thank you so much to all of you who prayed, brought meals, cared for our children, sent cards, flowers, emails, and called. It is amazing to see the body of Christ step up and give so abundantly. You have all been such a blessing and your kindess will not be forgotten!