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Hi everyone, hope you can answer my questions.

I'm scheduled to have surgery Feb 10th 2011 (a Thursday morning). I am a college student who will need to be back in class on Monday morning, so I have the weekend to rest at home.
Will this be enough time?
Also, do you think I will be able to drive the 2.5 hours from my home to college Sunday afternoon?

I will have to go back to the doctor the following Friday to get the packing taken out. I was wondering if this packing is visible from the outside? I hadn't planned on telling anyone about the surgery but don't want them to ask questions upon seeing the packing.

Also, I'm getting really nervous after reading the posts on this website. I have minor hearing loss right now in my left ear. My main reason for the surgery is to reduce a pressure sensation which has troubled me since February 2010 (so almost a year!). I've seen three separate doctors who all suggested the surgery. I would hate to go into the surgery and come out suffering one of the major side-effects- complete hearing loss, ringing, facial paralysis, etc but I really just cant see myself continuing on any longer with the weird pressure, crackling and static sounds in my ear (when around loud noises), and the sensation of fluid build up when I sleep on my left side.
[QUOTE=StudentRyan;4672508]Hi everyone, hope you can answer my questions.

I'm scheduled to have surgery Feb 10th 2011 (a Thursday morning). I am a college student who will need to be back in class on Monday morning, so I have the weekend to rest at home.
Will this be enough time?
Also, do you think I will be able to drive the 2.5 hours from my home to college Sunday afternoon?

I will have to go back to the doctor the following Friday to get the packing taken out. I was wondering if this packing is visible from the outside? I hadn't planned on telling anyone about the surgery but don't want them to ask questions upon seeing the packing.

Also, I'm getting really nervous after reading the posts on this website. I have minor hearing loss right now in my left ear. My main reason for the surgery is to reduce a pressure sensation which has troubled me since February 2010 (so almost a year!). I've seen three separate doctors who all suggested the surgery. I would hate to go into the surgery and come out suffering one of the major side-effects- complete hearing loss, ringing, facial paralysis, etc but I really just cant see myself continuing on any longer with the weird pressure, crackling and static sounds in my ear (when around loud noises), and the sensation of fluid build up when I sleep on my left side.[/QUOTE]
To Helen:
I had strange ear pressure, popping noises when around a lot of different sounds (think a classroom with 50 people talking amongst themselves), a static sound when I was around loud noises (dance club, bar), and if I slept on my left side the ear felt like it filled with fluid when I woke up. This lasted for nearly a year before I had surgery.
They tested my hearing and the lower range was 30-35 decibels below normal. They also ran two other tests that concluded it was conductive hearing loss. So hence the stapedectomy (although the symptoms I mentioned above were more important to me- I hardly noticed the hearing loss).





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