Then a few days before the surgery I realized I hadn't been careful enough. I have been pretty successful in shaking what ever it was, I wanted NOTHING to delay this surgery.
So the time is here. I may be AWOL for a few days as I recover. We are supposed to be in Durham at the hospital at 6AM on the 23rd. I am the first surgery of the day. This RV site is a couple hours out, so we will be in a motel tonight (Mar22) so we can be up and "bushy tailed" as my daddy would say.
If you pray, say a prayer for me. IF not, think some good positive thoughts, I like them too! The surgery does not worry me, I will be in good hands. Dr. Tucci is experienced. She had no problem missing my brain the last time she was in there, I think the size was insignificant!
You can see on this picture how the wire must penetrate the Cochlear and curve inside it. Note how much like a sea shell it is.
She will make a 1.5"x2" incision behind my right ear and lay the flap back exposing the skull. She will then grind out a 1" bed for the implant, but not penetrating the skull (we hope). Once that is done she will very carefully drill thru the skull near the Cochlear and insert 4 very small wires into the Cochlear. The Cochlear is like a seashell and the wires must be inserted curving in perfectly. I don't know how she knows this, how do you see thru a half inch hole? LOL
Of course with me there is no problem with the hair. LOL
The receiver and transmitter is attached with a magnet.
Not for me to worry, she did it last time and it is working very well. I am anxious to hear with both ears or both Cochleas, since my big ears will only be for decorating or holding glasses (LOL). Once an implant is completed the ear, as it was known is dead.