Thursday, 30 September 2010


Well I’m one week post op now and I’ll fill you in with what went on.

Coming round after op, was relatively straight forward. I could eat the hind legs off a donkey and not feel any pain what so ever. Moving around though was a different story. The surgeon said I’d feel a bit wobbly for a couple of days. Well, it was more than a couple of days, and it felt like someone had battered me one.

My brain soon sussed out something was amiss and started giving me verbal. I ignored it until into the fourth night, with the ear throbbing like it was on fire or something, I swallowed my first Nurofen plus to put it out of its misery.

Having a piece of metal in the head has been a weird feeling. I had that cross-eyed look that you’d get if someone knees you one in the nuts. Whenever I turned to my left, where the implant is, I'd get the sensation that my brain didn’t know its arm from its elbow…it was that odd.

Walking around, I’d feel like I had drunk the brewery out of business. I was getting annoyed because in town people kept walking into me, I needed space and lots of it. A couple of people approached me to talk about some survey, I just waved them off and headed into Starbucks instead.

A nice cup of tea and a sit down in a quiet corner was what I needed for awhile.

Getting by on one ear which is crap as it is, has been a blow. I’m just hearing junk noise and coupled with the wobbles, it’s not a great combination. I find myself going into my shell like sometimes.

Give me two good ears and I’d talk you into buying a whole lorry load of Jelly tots. This CI had better work, otherwise I’d really be up the creek without a paddle.

I want to hear like I could in the old days. The memory is there and with the hardware now installed, it’s just a question of the having the right software that resonates with my brain. The two need to gel in order for me to understand the ‘Comprendo.‘ I don’t want to be fiddling about with switches and the like. Just get the tune up right and I can get back to what I do best.

And that is living it up big style.


  1. Don't worry about the software. Just ask for big style OS X Leopard - not Windows Vista!

  2. hey I know what you mean about going into your shell!! - I was without the sound at all for nearly a year funnilly enough somehow managed to get by :)

    CI has restored sound and now working on the tuning - im sure you will do good mate and wonder why you didn't do it sooner

    Be good cyborg twin

  3. Hi Tina..what's youse on about? Leopard? lost me there.

    Hi Rich, going hermit isn't my cup of tea. I was born to talk the talk and walk the walk. Deafness just makes all that harder to do.

  4. Hey Clive. Glad the wobbles have subsided!! As long as you have that drive you'll get there! I'm like to anyone blah blah blah and when I lost my hearing I would still start a conversation with someone and then realise I couldn't carry it on as I couldn't hear the reply!! That is coming back now and conversations are great!! You need a sense of humour too and I think you got one of those eh? When is that damn switch on then?? :-)

  5. Hi Graham, Sounds like you have it sorted, I'm well chuffed for you.

    Yeah, my sense of humour sees me through all the insania that happens.

    I'm guessing switch on will be around 23rd October..I will let you all know when I have it in black and white.

    : ))

  6. I was joking about the computer software for Mac and Windows - I cheekily asked my surgeon for a Mac upgrade :P