FOWC with Fandango — Setting

Yesterday’s setting was Garry’s first post-surgical checkup at UMass Memorial. Today’s setting is going to be (in an hour from now) our regular family guy to see if we can get his blood pressure a little lower

Doctor’s office in Douglas

Mostly, it’s good news.

We discovered that he has residual hearing in his right ear and more of it than we expected. This is a good thing because it will make getting “natural” sounds in his “implanted” ear easier. The device with his own hearing will give him better highs and lows.

He won’t get all his super-high-tech equipment until August 24th, but the doctor is pretty sure he’s going to have good hearing fast. Like maybe immediately.

A sunny day in the backyard while the temperature is almost 100.

No one can explain how in the world he got Blue-Tooth from my speaker without external equipment, but he did. My speaker also has a small transmitter and Garry was wearing powered headphones, so something happened. But regardless, once he has all the rest of the gear, it won’t happen without special equipment.

Definitely the right shirt for the season. Do you think the extreme heat may have something to do with being tired? It’s really hot out there!

The incision is healed and all the wires and magnets and coils are in the right places in his head. Neat and clean. I’m trying to get him to send me a photograph of it, but we haven’t figured out how to turn the x-ray into a photograph. Yet. But I’ll keep trying. It’s really interesting.

Garry is very tired. He thinks it’s because he’s a “right-side” sleeper and that’s the ear that had the surgery. He hasn’t been able to sleep in a comfortable position since the surgery, but he can at this point if he wants to since everything is nicely healed.

He also looks sleepy all the time. I think he’s still got a bit of hangover from the anesthesia. He also needs to get back to doing normal stuff, including exercise. Sitting around all the time isn’t his most healthy choice.

Now, we wait another 18 days and then — magic.

He’s ready to go now and I don’t blame him, but they won’t put the technology in place until everything is 100% healed, so they always let it go slightly over a full month. Just to be sure.

Meanwhile, to keep him sane, the Red Sox are winning and it keeps him from watching the news and getting completely crazy.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

36 thoughts on “FANDANGO’S ONE WORD CHALLENGE – THE SETTING : DOCTORS! – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I think the heat will have a lot to do with it. Thanks for sharing the process with us Marilyn. This cochlear implant process is very interesting and it’s nice to hear from a first hand experience with it.

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    1. Leslie, my cochlear implant journey is being video taped to spread the word about the surgical process. I’ll be interested to see how it ends.

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  2. The miracles of modern science. I am so glad that things are progressing. I had to sleep for four months on my back after I broke my leg because I could not move otherwise, but these things come to pass and we wonder afterwards what the problem was.

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    1. He is still sore and nervous about it. Even though he CAN try it, I think it worries him. He’ll get over it. I’ve had to start sleeping on my back almost entirely. It’s the only position that doesn’t hurt.

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      1. ‘Tired and weary, sick with worry and scared of dyin’………but ol’ man ribber…just keeps rollin’…… along….”


    1. Thanks, Fandango. Sox are doing their best to keep a smile on my face. They beat the bee-jeezus out of the poor Baltimore Orioles last night. I love it. And, The Yanquis were bashed hard by the Texas Rangers last night. AYE-men! Double headers scheduled today but seems to be raining everywhere. Boo!

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        1. I feel almost as exhausted as he does, but this has been a wicked summer. It’s also so terribly hot, so the combination of the heat and the surgery and getting hacked … it’s a bit much. I don’t want to tell him about it because he’s got his own stuff to deal with, but I’ll be glad when we get to fall!

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  3. LOVE the shirt! Awesome. Totally delighted to hear everything is on schedule and Garry is healing well. I can’t wait to learn he can hear. It’s completely exciting. You’ve been through a lot, but it will be magical to hear again. I expect there will be a loud hurrah! “)

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    1. Covert, I really LOVE that shirt. You should see the smiles, stares and thumbs up I get from folks in the supermarket, the social center of our little town. Our town.


  4. I like Garry’s shirt, for me it didn’t have to be the Red Sox but any – let’s say – seaside theme would do just fine….
    And it’s clear to me that Garry never had any children. Because….. when you’re pregnant you learn pretty quick that the only way you can snatch a bit of sleep is lying on your back – so there’s still something to learn.
    Am very happy for both of you that his hearing might come back sooner and better than expected. THAT WILL BE THE DAY(s)!!!! Halleluja 🙂

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