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Day 1 – Post Surgery

By Jakob H. Olsen | January 6, 2015 | 0 Comment

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First day of my journey towards hearing on my right ear.

Today I was at The California Ear Institute to have my pre-surgery talk with the doctors. I also needed a new Audiogram this where conducted at the same time. All my tests looks good and I’m ready for surgery tomorrow, Wednesday the 7/1-2015.

Yesterday I arrived at a small but very nice apartment in North Beach, San Francisco about a 40 minutes drive from Palo Alto and the Hospital. I’m here with my dad who will assist me post surgery and keeping me company for the first week. My stay is approximately three week because of the 3-4 post operation appointments and due to the risk of pressure to the new eardrum and ear canal during flying. So Ill be staying in San Francisco for a total of three weeks, 2 weeks by myself. My journey started about 5 years ago when I first started investigating the possibilities of reconstruction. In Denmark the national health system provides help for the outer ear reconstruction but the ear canal they cant do. There are simply no surgeons how can do this kind of surgery. But then the health system provides the option to be treated in another country. And that decision relies on the leading ENT. Unfortunately for me this person didn’t agree that this surgery would be a good idea for me. Although all test shows that my chances of getting normal hearing on my right ear is 80-100 %. I spend 5 years trying to convince the ENT to grant this surgery but at some point I gave up. I talked very much about this subject with my dad and he managed to help me with the economics and now the adventure begins.

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