I had my cochlear implant on Monday, July 10th. I’m fine, but I had a really rough time with it, and ended up staying in the hospital for almost 2 and a half days. I’m at home now, and I’m doing okay, but not that great. I’m making this entry very short and will update more later.
My surgery was around 7 am, and I didn’t get moved up to a hospital bed until around 2 pm, I believe. I was very sick and having a lot of trouble with post-anesthesia issues.
Here are some pictures from my experience (on Surgery Day and the two days afterwards)
My Dad and I at Good Sam around 4:50 am
Mom and I in pre-op. After the IV was put in, I started hyperventilating (without realizing it, until Bridget, my nurse, told me to breathe) and was vomiting before surgery.
My doctor came in to see me, and was teasing me about throwing up (along with my family). He put a little black X to mark the spot.
Me with my favorite barf bucket. That was at my side 24/7 for the last 4 days. Look! I have lovely flowers from Alex!
Still sicker than a dog.
Alex comes to visit right after I was wheeled out of post-op and into my room!
My doctor checking up on me on my 2nd day in the hospital around 11 am. He told me that I had to start sitting up in bed (I didn’t want to because of the nausea/dizziness) because they were afraid that I would collapse my lungs or something.
Removing the bandage on my third day in the hospital. A few hours later, I got to go home (which I did not enjoy, because the car ride and moving around made me extremely dizzy. I was just hanging on for dear life.)
I did not like him removing the bandage, as the hairs on my head were being yanked out.
My implant scar!
Despite all the problems I had, I look at this as the worst of it is over, and now everything from this point forward can be positive. Steph and I didn’t get to meet up before she had her surgery. Bummer, it would have been cool. The best part about this is us sharing our experiences at the same time, so we both know it’s normal or not.