Ears

some photos of Todd’s ears

I realize that many of the blog articles I’ve been writing have been pretty text-heavy. That’s OK for those of you who want to hear all the specific details about my surgery and recovery. But a picture’s worth a thousand words, right? So I decided to catch up with an all-photo post. Here is the story of my surgery and immediate recovery, told almost solely through photos.

Before surgery, I figured I might as well give myself a buzz cut, since I wouldn't want to cut my hair any time soon.
Before surgery, I figured I might as well give myself a buzz cut, since I wouldn’t want to cut my hair any time soon.
As one of many precautions, the surgeon signed my ear, to make sure everyone involved operated only on the left ear and not accidentally on the right one
As one of many precautions, the surgeon signed my ear, to make sure everyone involved operated only on the left ear and not accidentally on the right one
Once I had an IV installed and some special leggings to give me a non-stop massage, I was ready to go. Here I am waiting for the doctors to show up.
Once I had an IV installed and some special leggings to give me a non-stop massage, I was ready to go. Here I am waiting for the doctors to show up. 
After spending 23 hours in an ICU room, I was discharged from the hospital and sent "home" to our hotel. Here I am modeling my awesome head bandage and a roller derby t-shirt.
After spending 23 hours in an ICU room, I was discharged from the hospital and sent “home” to our hotel. Here I am modeling my awesome head bandage and a roller derby t-shirt.
Part of my rehabilitation was retraining my vestibular system to work right. There are a half dozen exercises I'm supposed to do three times a day, starting as soon after surgery as possible.
Part of my rehabilitation was retraining my vestibular system to work right. There are a half dozen exercises I’m supposed to do three times a day, starting as soon after surgery as possible.
Here's the most gruesome of all the post-surgery photos. It shows the incision wound held together by surgical staples. This was during a walk that Beth and I took in a nearby park.
Here’s the most gruesome of all the post-surgery photos. It shows the incision wound held together by surgical staples. This was during a walk that Beth and I took in a nearby park.
Also at the same nearby park, here is a photo of Beth and me together, taken by her phone camera
Also at the same nearby park, here is a photo of Beth and me together, taken by her phone camera

 

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