Supposedly, surgery went as planned. I got to take my ear patch off today. Woohoo. What’s left of my ear looks like an earthworm wrapped around a piece of yellow gauze. A very bloody earthworm. I’ll spare you the photos. The gauze is sewn into my ear canal so I can’t hear on my left side.
Monday’s arrival was at 1, and we ended up leaving the hospital around 8:30 (the surgery itself started around 2:30 and took a little over 3 hours). I was actually feeling well enough to go home. This was either due to a miracle or that fact that the doctors gave me every anti-nausea drug they had, including a motion sickness patch.
Besides removing much of my ear, the doctors took two skin grafts from me–one around my collar bone and one on my upper right arm. Those patches are more sore than my ear, which so far hasn’t been too painful. My throat is also sore because fluid keeps leaking down it.
On the even more fun side, I can’t get my head wet, and my hair is crusted with blood. I’ll probably scare small children and squeamish adults when I have to go for my surgical follow-up next week. Also, I can’t stop smelling blood. I really wish I could shower. Please think cleansing thoughts for me.
In all, it hasn’t been as bad I expected. I’m definitely in less pain now than I was before. Here’s hoping the third surgery will be the charm. And that I won’t need to go back for any pieces the surgeons missed.