Well I must say that the Victorian public health system certainly works in my favour.
For those that don't know, I've had problems my right ear since about half way through my pregnancy. I had constant ear infections and fluid build up that couldn't be cleared. By the time I had Imogen I'd ended up with glue ear and I couldn't hear anything. I couldn't even hear my baby crying if there was background noise. It has gotten to the point where it was really affecting my daily life because my hearing was so bad.
I saw a specialist on June 18th. He determined that my hearing was severely reduced in both ears. I was really shocked to find out that my hearing was actually worse in my left ear even though I hadn't had any problems with it. I thought my left ear was fine. Turns out that because my right ear is blocked, my hearing is muffled from that ear thus making my brain think it's worse. Weird hey?
So I was put into the public system for bilateral grommets (tubes in both ears) as a category 2 patient (which means the surgery should be done in 90 days). Last Tuesday I got a phone call from Footscray Hospital telling me that although I'm meant to be having surgery at Sunshine, they've got a vacancy for Monday the 7th and would I like it? Umm, yeah - of course.So on Monday I was admitted at 12, whipped in for surgery (first cab off the rank, what a bargain) and was discharged by 3pm. Admittedly I was still feeling quite groggy and like I wanted to spew, but that was fixed by a 2 hour sleep once I got home.
So now it's 2 days post op and I can't get over how different my hearing is. Is kind of scary to realise how much I couldn't actually hear before. I'm pretty excited though.
Ask me how excited I am in about a week though - I'm sure my tornado kids will change my mind.