Thursday, 12 January 2012

Ear issues

So, for my 5 year blogiversary winner, I didnt do any fancy number generating thing. I asked my husband to pick a number and that number happened to be Michele's comment! Congratulations lady! Michele is one of my first blogging friends and she's just had a birthday so i was happy about that.

Ive been at the hospital this week regarding my ear. I got Labyrinthitis at 36 weeks pregnant (*) which left me with tinnitus and partial hearing loss in my right ear. I was hoping it would gradually get better and the tinnitus fade away. Wrong. 3.5 months later and its as bad as it was on day 1. Yesterday I seen the consultant at the hospital about it and they confirmed my fears; my hearing probably wont fully return and I have to learn to live with the tinnitus. Constant ringing in your head is torture. In conclusion, i have to get fitted for a hearing aid and i'm booked to have an mri scan to see what's happening inside. I am dreading the mri scan. I feel claustrophobic just pulling a jumper over my head (especially when it gets stuck aaah) so the thought of an mri makes me nervous. Oh and there's the results too..... All in all, i was/am quite gutted about it. The doctor wasn't particularly pleasant and i came away (in tears) with more questions than answers. As he was shoving a tube up my nose to take a picture (i think) he informs me that normally they do the tube shoving under local anaesthetic. What?? Cheers for that!

(*) and by 'got' i literally just woke up one morning with a ringing in my ear and loss of hearing, How strange to go to bed fine and wake up to that. 

8 comments:

Lana said...

How friggen frustrating! I would be SO mad! I am so sorry, Cheryl!! ::hugs::

Anna van Schurman said...

Do you read Garden of Stitches? Carol has been dealing with tinnitus too. It might help to contact someone who feels your pain. Good luck.

Edie said...

I just have an MRI for the same thing this week. My doc said they only find something about 2% of the time -- the rest of the time, you just have to find a way to mask the tinnitus noise.

Ask for something for over your eyes during the test -- that really helped me. Then, while in the machine, I went through the alphabet thinking of song titles.

It really wasn't that bad! Good luck!

DebbieSFL said...

I'm sorry about your ears and the doctor was so unfeeling...consider yourself hugged.

Sonda in OR said...

Call ahead and see if you can bring in a CD or an ipod. When I had an MRI, I brought in my own CD and they piped it in. It was nice.

Lynn said...

Oh Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear of this! My Mom has suffered with this for several years now so I know how frustrating this can be.
I hope the MRI is helpful. When I had to have one they provided a CD of music for me to listen to during the procedure which was helpful. Good luck!

Suzanne said...

Cheryl I am so sorry to hear that you haven't improved. I am sure that all will go well and I send you a very big hug.

Terry said...

So sorry to hear about this. Can they do the open MRI for this test??

Keep us posted!