Well, I haven’t posted on the blog since May. So much has happened since then
that it’s time to fill you in. I’ve been battling hear loss in my right ear for some time now,
but about a year ago it started getting really bad to where I couldn’t even use
the phone on that side. I decided it was time to see an ENT to
possibly get a hearing aid. To my surprise the ENT sent me for a MRI.
Wasn’t really concerned about having a MRI at all, actually thought it was
a waste of time & money. I was so sure they weren’t going to find anything.
To my surprise again the ENT wouldn’t give me the results over the phone & scheduled another
appointment for me to come in to discuss. The horrible part was he called
me on Friday to schedule a Monday appointment. All weekend to sit & think about what
could possibly be wrong. Grr!
Monday was the worst day of my life.. pretty sure it was for my husband too.
The doctor told me my hearing loss was due to a acoustic schwanoma brain tumor.
Imagine how stunned I was to hear this news. I just sat there listening to this doctor
talk & talk & talk while trying to understand everything he was telling me. Did I mention
I went to this appointment alone because I still thought it wouldn’t be that serious!?
He showed me my MRI results & told me I needed to see a specialist because he
could no longer help me.
Now the fun part of calling my husband to break the news to him. : /
Needless to say the next few weeks were very very rough. I spent lots
of time on the phone with the insurance company & plenty of time in
& out of doctor offices. The conclusion was this:
My brain tumor was the size of a golf ball & the doctors
thought it would be best to fly to California to have one of the best surgeon in
the world preform my surgery.
2 long months of waiting before my family & I could fly out to California.
My poor little blog suffered during this time. As you can probably imagine, I didn’t
feel like doing much.
Luckily for me my husband was super supportive during this time &
completely took things over for our little family. He broke the news to our
families, made the flight arrangements & even planned a trip to Disney Land
for our daughter before my surgery. He tried to make things as easy as
possible in this very trying time. What a lucky lady I am!
We arrived a few days early so we had some family time.
Disney Land, Vince Beach, Hollywood sight seeing all crammed into 3 days.
Then it was surgery day. The hospital staff was super nice & tried to make me as
comfortable as possible. The doctors were also very nice & took GREAT care of me.
10 long hours later, they moved me into ICU where my family could visit see me.
I don’t really remember them coming in but they said I was talking. That’s always a good sign.:)
What seemed like a long journey just to have surgery, would continue a little longer.
I wasn’t really prepared for all the things I would have to over come in the weeks to follow.
Seeing, walking/ keeping balanced, being deaf (right ear) & not being able to taste my food.
My eyes were super sensitive to light which meant wearing sunglasses all time.
That also meant no tv. Walking without holding onto someone or the wall was
very tough! As much I wanted to do it on my own, I couldn’t.
My taste is the only thing I’m still battling. Everything taste horrible!!
While you might think this is a great dieting trick, it’s really frustrating not being able
to enjoy your meals.. I miss the sweet taste of chocolate the most!
Hopefully they return soon so I can continue to cook.
You have no idea how hard it is to make a meal you can’t taste.. lol!
Luckily, I have a few recipe to post from awhile ago. Maybe they’ll be
back by the time I get them all posted. One could only hope right.