Hawaii couldn’t seem farther away these days. I ended my last writing in September, having just returned from an eight day trip to the island of Kauai. At that time, I was about to begin taking new college classes, had an internship starting, and had my 50th surgical procedure scheduled for a week later. I’ve been hoping for an opportunity to write sooner, but I have been going non-stop for the past few months, so here’s what’s happening:
Surgery number 50 was aimed at revising the tight scarring along my right arm, and to remove some jagged bone fragments around the fused elbow of the same arm. There were a couple of complications with that procedure, mainly to the nerves in my right hand. The surgeons are confident that they did not cut any unnecessary parts, yet the nerve responsible for opening my hand, extending my fingers, and lifting my thumb is not functioning. We will have to give it time to hopefully come back. It has been over two months since the operation, still with no signs of improvement. The other minor complication involved breathing toward the end of the procedure. Apparently I stopped breathing for a brief period, which prompted the hospital to keep me as an in-patient for a couple nights to monitor my oxygen levels. This is not uncommon, and I’ve had no lasting effects from this issue.
Last week, I had operation # 51. This surgery was done on my eardrums which had been blown out (perforated) by the explosion in 2011. Surgeons had repaired both ears last year, but the right ear did not heal properly, so we went in last week to redo the procedure. The doctors were happy with the results, but it will be a few months before we can determine the level of success. The pain has been worse than expected, and I have had a bad allergic reaction to a surgical glue they used along the incision line. This has made my entire body itchy beyond compare for almost a week, and resulted in very little sleep. The pain and the allergies are finally beginning to get under control today, five days post-op. Read more