Anyway, the CT itself went well. I had my doubts. Apparently, so did the tech. I mean, he only needed to hold still for 3-5 seconds at a time, but sometimes even that's asking too much. But the big silver ring around the tube seemed to capture his attention. And while he was studying that, the tech went to work.
That was the easy part. The hard part was reading the results when they went online on Saturday.
See, here's the hard part about crazy, weird, medical life becoming your norm. You forget that it's really not normal.
|One of the several images they captured.|
Right side is on the left and vice versa.
Looking down through the top of his head.
Aaron's ears are a mess. Really, a big mess.
He does need surgery, and not just on the right, but the left side, too. Kinda suspected the right, not too surprised by the left. Symptomatically (that's the stuff we see everyday) his right ear is the worst, so we're going to start with that one. On the imaging, the left wins for sickest, so we're definitely doing that one too, just later. They don't want to do both at the same time. I don't know why. Really, I don't. But I'm going to trust the doc knows more about this than I do. Right now the first one is scheduled for April 5th. Happy Spring Break to us.
Anyway, it's called a tympanomastoidectomy. Really big word for "open up the bone behind the ear and suck all the garbage out," more or less.
Funny, that wasn't what I struggled with.
It's the part that we can't fix, that I didn't suspect, that's the hard part. Aaron has failed every hearing test he's ever had. That's why he's got a hearing aid. But we thought it was because his ear canals were tiny, essentially collapsed. And that plays into it, but we found out that's not all.
Remember learning about sound waves and hearing in school? The three tiniest bones in the body? We called them the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrups. Kinda close. It's really the malleus, the incus and the stapes. They connect the ear drum with the oval window, which then leads to the semicircular canals and the cochela.