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Old 12-30-2018, 08:11 AM
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Wishing you all the best Bill....too bad you have to wait till next year to have it done.
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Legal Bill View Post
Thank you Lainey. I'll ask Barbara to give that a shot.

Patty, that's a lot of questions. It is hard to tell how long this one has been in there. I had a colesteatoma removed about 12 or 14 years ago. I last went back for an examination in 2015 and they didn't see anything, but without an MRI, you can't be sure what is in there. My hearing is pretty bad and the last cyst did a good bit of damage. This one is probably making things worse, according to the doctor. I'll be getting at least one hearing aid after I recover from the surgery. New Years eve and everything else will be the same as usual. After the surgery, I can't fly for six to eight weeks. It would be awesome if I could look like that guy. But I'll probably have titanium mesh used to hold the skull plugs in place until the bone knits.

Jerry, I'm with you. I was ready to go after I talked to him. But this is Mass Eye and Ear and they are booked way out. The Doc says it needs to come out, but there is no hurry. He said March would be fine. I said ASAP and I got early February. I hate the idea of that thing eating away in there. Cysts are called "benign" but they are not. They dissolve surrounding, healthy tissue to make room for growth.

If this was thing was located elsewhere in my body, I wouldn't have a care about the surgery. But electric cutting tools inside my skull... One slip and there goes law school! Post-op infection? Common occurrence. It wouldn't normally be a big deal, but in my brain?!?!

My biggest concern is that one of 10 or 12 "risks" takes place and I end up with some problem that means I can't go out in my boat anymore, or drive anymore, or walk anymore.

The wait time bad news is also good news. Mass Eye and Ear has a waiting list. If you did get in this week that might be worse for your outcome. Too bad you can't get out in your boat much, if at all(?) in January to pass the time.
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:24 AM
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not a fun time on the Atlantic right now. and certainly not in a little boat.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:09 AM
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Best of luck on your surgery Bill.
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:25 AM
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Good luck.
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:17 PM
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Geez, Bill. We'll be thinking about you and watching for updates. Here's wishing a successful procedure under skilled hands and a swift recuperation.

Don't look at the cost of hearing aids and your hospital bill on the same day. Could be too much for your heart.
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by ralper View Post
Hey Bill,

I don't like the sound of this, but I know that you're a tough old guy and you'll get through it without a problem. Besides, you've got a new boat to enjoy so you have to stick around.

All joking aside, we're all saying a prayer for you. You'll be fine.

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I don't like it either Rob. Thanks for the prayers. I'll take all the help I can get.
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by dlq04 View Post
Wow, this explains your non-stop interest in drills. Sounds scary as hell but in the medical world such things are done as routine. Good health beats all the toys and money in the world..... here's to your good health!
Thank-you, Dave. Men plan and god laughs.
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by kgf3076 View Post
Best of luck, Bill. This surgery isn't that rare and the full recovery rate is very high.
That is all very true, Ken and 99% of the time I'm worry free about it.
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Bill,you will be in top shape,for Spring Fling.
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