Monday, January 26, 2009

My New Ears

"He gave me my ears that I might hear the magical sound of things..."

So you may know that I had ear surgery last Thursday. The procedure is gross-sounding so I'll spare you the details, but just know that I used to have holes in my ears and they've officially been patched up. I also have stitches above my right ear now.

I am still recovering and so I feel lots of pressure on both of my ears. I expected that. Sometimes I have pain. I expected that, too. Loud, bassy noises are irritating and vibrate inside my head. I even expected something like that.

What I didn't expect was the sudden realization that our upstairs neighbor is a lot noisier than I ever knew. I had no idea she even had a t.v. in her bedroom until I tried to go to sleep Thursday night. I turned to Josh and said, "She has a t.v. up there?" And Josh said, "Yep." And I'm like, "Since August, when we moved in?" "Yep."

I have such a non-murmuring, non-complaining husband that I never guessed things upstairs were so loud. And now I think to myself at night when I'm trying to sleep and the lady upstairs is talking on the phone and the heater turns on and almost blasts me out of bed in all its glorious bassy noise and the drip outside the window just won't quit: Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Should I go get my old ears back?


No, I really do appreciate getting so much of my hearing back. I can already hear things so much better, and I haven't even finished recovering yet. The doctor told me that without this surgery I would probably need a hearing aid for the rest of my life. Can you even imagine that? I know I'm old, but I'm not that old...


8 comments:

Camilla said...

We sleep with the fan on (pointed toward the wall) even now, in the middle of the cold winter, because I can't stand noise at night. I'm very glad to hear that you are hearing better already! I'll make sure to sing you a bassy song the next time I see you.

Linda said...

Opposition in all things. Give it a couple of weeks. It will be ALL better.

Katie B said...

oh my goodness, I had no idea! An exciting surgery! Now when you have another baby you'll wake up even faster when the baby cries!

Lori said...

Okay, i didnt know ANYTHING about any ear issues or an upcoming surgery at all until sam came home from work and mentioned, "oh adele had surgery today." I was so surprised, I had no idea. If you guys need anything from us at all or any help with anything you have to let us know. Best of luck with your new ears and the adjustment they'll take.

NoSurfGirl said...

Wow! Had no idea...

I have a hard time hearing things, too. Maybe I should get mine checked? Nevermind... I have 3 kids and I like my ears the way they are.

I hope we didn't hurt you when we sang last Saturday :(

Have you noticed a diference in being able to play your oboe? You were awesome before, of course, just curious.

Erin R. said...

I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for your comment on our blog...btw, the bath alphabet letters just came from Wal-Mart in the toys section. Andrew has loved them!

Mandie Flood said...

uh...So i had no clue, but you friend katie B is just as clueless as i am, an so was Lori and Surfer chick. But hey, you can hear, cool. How many fingers am i holding up?
That baby is such a big boy. He is a Cute kid.
I guess i didn't bother to tell a lot of people that we had a blog. You weren't the last to find out. But i am glad you wrote so i can follow your every published move (muaw ha ha)
Much love

emily said...

Woah woah woah! That insurance sounds amazing. Is it all through Josh's work or just the reimbursement part? Do you know what provider it is?