I go into surgery tomorrow, they are going to rebuild my right eardrum. The doctors couldn't really tell me how long it is going to be before I can function properly again, possibly up to a month - maybe more.
I will be back on Hubpages as soon as I can function effectively enough again, although probably just to read comments and check my earnings. Maybe a few days, maybe a few weeks, maybe more.
I am dreading it, although I am sure that I will be fine. I will miss this place. I expect tonnes of great hubs to read by the time I am back!
Well that really sucks, but if you have to do it, you have to do it. Good luck, hope you get through it with relative ease, they give you good drugs for the pain, and you heal up real quick. Now if we could just figure out how to speak directly to the computer to write your hubs.
omg, that's terrible. i had no idea you were going through something like. well i hope the surgery goes well for you, and that you'll be able to hear properly very soon. good luck to you, and you'll certainly be welcomed back upon your return.
Best wishes Ryan! I'm sure the surgery will go smoothly and you will be back at the keyboard quickly. The number of people responding to your post says a lot about how well you are thought of here on HubPages. We'll miss you.
Ryan, I'll be praying for you. We will ALL be praying for you!!! (including Earnest, Mark Knowles, Cagsil and Beelzedad.) You'll be back in no time, brother!!! Wish you a speedy-Gonzalez recovery! All the best!
Forays onto Hub Pages whilst lying flat on your back using a laptop = sounds perfectly reasonable to me! I do that all the time . Seriously, Ryan. We all will keep you in our prayers and will eagerly await your return -- including a detailed hub (or series) chronicling your surgery and play-by-play on the recovery. For those of us unfortunates in the US, I bet we could learn a lot about how the British healthcare system REALLY works! Good luck and think positive. MM
Good luck with your surgery! I give you 3 days and you'll be back at it. The burning desire to be on HubPages will far outweigh any discomfort from the surgery I'm sure. LOL Take it easy, get plenty of rest so that you can heal properly.
Good Luck mate.. You have to really take care of your ears It is prudent not to stick anything bar your elbow in them So I assume the surgeon has told you to not beat your own drum for at least 6-8 weeks afterwards
Best wishes, Ryan! My thought will be with you. Ear surgery can't be fun and I'm sure your equilibrium will be off for a while, hopefully not too long. I hope the surgery is successful and I'm sure I can speak for all of us here in saying that we'll miss you in your absense.
My thought will be with you. I suspect we'll be hearing from you pretty soon!
Thank you everybody for your kind messages, I managed to read many of them prior to my surgery via my BlackBerry.
The operation was a success apparently, although there is tonnes of bandages and irodine or something in my ear... and it has swelled up to twice its size.
I actually feel suprisingly normal today, although suspect that once the drugs have fully worn off I will have plenty of suffering left to do. Lots of stitches behind my ear, although apparently they dissolve
I go back in two weeks for them to take all the stuff out of my ear, and to check its all ok etc, I guess that at this point I will find out whether I need a hearing aid or whether my hearing has improved enough not to need one.
Hospital was a very surreal experience for me, being put to sleep particularly. But I am very lucky to live near to one of this countries best hospitals, the whole experience was very impressive, the staff were great, and there were loads of them. I spent the whole of yesterday afternoon in a highly confused state, making no sense, and trying to escape for a cigarette at one stage (note to self: do not try and do anything whilst still clearly pumped full of aneasthetic).
My only grumble was the food, but all well and good, they have a budget and they have to provide a good level of care within that budget... if somebody wants a full English breakfast then they can pay for it!
Anyway, I still wont be around for a few days I suspect. The morphine is still propping me up I think... Just wanted to say thanks to all.
Very happy to hear (pun intended!) that all went well. I knew you couldn't stay away from here for long - I just got an email notification that you published a hub, so I came straight over to the forums as I knew you must have posted an update!
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