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[ Story 65 - Curtis H, 32 ]

Aurtis H, 32, curbhalb@hotmail.com
I have a history of ear infections from a very early age all the way until my middle teens. So, when I was twenty-six and had that oh-so-familiar pain in my ear while at work, I knew I was in for a bad one. I drove home early and took some aspirin, hoping that the tube would open before the pain got too intense.Unfortunantly, the pressure continued to build. The pain was so intense I decided to go into a late-night medical clinic, where while sitting in the waiting room my eardrum finally ruptured. This event started a string of visits to my doctor, who then refered me to a ENT specialist. About once a week, I would visit him where he would use a probe to remove the drainage. This went on for several weeks, until he told me that he was concerned that I had developed a cholesteatoma, and I need to visit a new specialist.Meeting with the new specialist, he took one look in my ear, and diagnosed me on the spot. He scheduled me for a CAT scan, and the scan confirmed is diagnosis.I went to surgery about three weeks later.I can't specifically remember the name of the surgery, but I believe it was called an "open channel," meaning they would have to incise the ear, and move it out of the way. Then, they removed about five cubic centimeters of bone, enlarged my ear canal to about an inch in diameter. They removed the eardrum and the useless inner ear bones. Also performed at that time was a radial mastoidectomy.Once the operation was complete, they filled my inner ear with gel, replaced the destroyed inner ear bones with plastic, and then filled the middle ear with more gel to keep the drum secure while it healed. He sutured the back of the outer ear, and I was rolled away to recovery.It took about a month for all of the gel in my ear to finally dissolve. During that time, I was completely deaf in my right ear. Losing that hearing made it extremely hard for me to tell where sound was coming from, and I was constantly bumping into people at crowded stores.Anyway, now, it has been about five years since the surgery. I still have very little hearing in my right ear, but I have adapted well. I don't have any major nerve damage in my face, though the "copper penny" taste in my mouth comes and goes.That's my story...