Yesterday was my last day of work for seven weeks or so. You see, I’m taking the next two weeks off as a combination of vacation and the annual Polycom office closure between Christmas and New Years. And then the first week of 2010, I’m flying to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There, on Tuesday the 6th and Wednesday the 7th, I have pre-op tests, and then on Thursday the 8th I go in for surgery to have my superior semicircular canal dehiscence repaired.
The plan is for me to spend the first day after surgery in ICU and then the second day in a regular hospital bed. Then, if all looks OK, I’m free to “go home” to recover for the rest of the week. Of course, there’s no way I’ll be able to travel home that soon (it’s a 3 hour plane flight or a 19 hour drive by car). So Beth and I are staying in a hotel for another 10 days or so.
I’m hoping to then fly home on January 21, where I’ll spend another two weeks recovering at home. And then, assuming I’m ready, I’ll go back to work on February 9. All told, that’s 7 weeks off work! I wish I could say it was going to be fun, but recovering from major surgery isn’t likely to be really fun. I guess I’ll get some rest, at least. In fact, I expect to be bored out of my gourd by the end of it, and anxious to return to work.
Some other filmmakers and I are planning to do a few short films about various things related to my ear problems, including one film we hope to distribute nationally to health care providers to help teach them about this particular disorder, how to identify it, and where to turn for more information.