After a five month wait, Hubby went for a minor op. on his ears this morning, he had to be there for 7am – I’m not a lot of good so early in the morning. However, we were on time and left him in the good hands of the nurses. Waiting back at home, I didn’t feel much like breakfasting, my mouth was dry and I paced around wondering what to do for the next ? hours. I kept telling myself this is your husband, not one of the kids in the family, everything will be fine, it made not a scrap of difference. Relief finally came five hours later to say he was ready to be picked up, so off we went. The miracles of modern medical practises are astounding; he had a general anaesthetic and is now sitting reading the paper as if nothing has happened – and sheer bliss, he can hear me again, I trust he thinks it is bliss also! Plus, we shall no longer need the volume on the TV at something like 52 and I shall not have to act as a translator when in company. It is a sad fact, and I hate to say this, that a deaf person is often treated as if they are not fully with it and until you have to deal with deafness this is not something you realise happens. It has made both of us very aware of the problems that a permanently deaf person faces. 


4 thoughts on “Waiting!

  1. Pleased to hear all went well for your Hubby, Jean, and have to agree about the miracle of modern anaesthetics. Up in no time and seemingly few after effects either. My father went deaf in one ear overnight in his mid forties and we all got used to standing on the right side of him in order to communicate. Sadly many people seem to equate being hard of hearing to loss of other faculties, too, and he used to complain about being treated like a child by some people he came into contact with. As it was he became adept at answering the phone holding the receiver across his chest to allow him to write notes as he did so.

  2. A general anaesthetic is always a worry, Jeanne. I’m glad your waiting ended happily. I have the same thing to look forward to next week, although my hubby’s op will be to remove a cataract on one eye. He couldn’t keep still enough for it to be done with a local anaesthetic and the last op had to be abandoned. We’ve been playing the waiting game since then. Afterwards he’ll have to behave while sitting in the passenger seat of the car while I drive, which he really doesn’t like.

  3. So glad your hubby’s op was so quick, so successful and has made a difference to both of you in many ways. Like Ann and Jean, I can relate to living with a deaf person. My hubby wears two hearing aids and without them he lives in his own world. When the batteries are low he hears poorly and only the sounds in the lower registers. What op did your hubby have – an implant/ a hearing aid planted in the middle canal/? We’re on medical aid, and it depends on the ‘treatment’ whether they’ll pay or not. How we’d both love him to be able to hear.

    • Thanks, Patricia, this minor op. has made a huge difference for both of us and we shall certainly have more sympathy if we meet anyone with deafness in the future. David could have had his op. done some 3 months back if we’d paid almost £2,000. But, ever the Yorkshireman, he said why should he pay that amount for something to be done in the same hospital, by the same surgeon if he could get it for free. Well, I say that perhaps we should not look upon medical problems as ‘free’ with a total of almost 80 working years between us, paying into a system that we didn’t use back then. I think there were times when he regretted the ‘waiting time’ but it’s done now. This was a result of a bad bout of bronchitis – itself incredible. He’d never had it in his life before and last year, for the very first time ever, we had ‘flu jabs which included one against bronchitis! Ironical. The op. was to clear the fluid that had become sealed in his middle ear(s) somehow, they kept telling him it would drain naturally but it didn’t. They inserted grommets to keep the ears clear. He goes back to see the surgeon in December, a few days before we leave for Mexico.

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