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May 28, 2014

For the entire time I’ve known him – and really, for his entire life – my husband has had ear troubles.

Growing up he had tubes many times, recurring infections, you name it.

All of this came to a head last fall, when it was discovered that one of his ear drums had so much scar tissue that it was no longer drum-shaped, but instead bowl-shaped.  And the edges of said bowl had developed cysts on top of scar tissue, and the cysts were in danger of extending out of his ear canal and into either his skull cavity, or his facial cavity – or both.  Add to this the fact that being a bowl made is the perfect vessel for chronic infections to fester, and you won’t be surprised to hear that we’ve been meeting with a series of specialists to see what could be done.

At last, two weeks ago today he had surgery at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary – they removed all cysts and scar tissue, reconstructed his eardrum (with a skim graft from his arm), and replaced one of his hearing bones with a titanium prosthetic.

He came home that afternoon looking like this.


And without question, feeling even worse than he looked.  Poor baby.

Fast forward to yesterday and his follow-up appointment with the surgeon.  She says that his eardrum has healed beautifully, most of the stitches have been resorbed already and the rest are well on their way.  It is currently too soon to say whether his hearing will improve from any of this, and that was never the main intent in any of this – but fingers are crossed nonetheless.

We are definitely on the upswing, thank goodness.

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