Seven days to go before surgery...
I had the pre-surgical discussion this afternoon. I picked out which brand of cochlear speech processor I wanted to wear (basically the part that sits behind my ear like a hearing-aid), and also what colour it should be. I picked beige. Boring as hell, you say? Probably, but at least it matches my hearing-aid, and I do so like to co-ordinate my outfits.
Incidently, I picked the Australian brand. I just liked it more, but I'll smirk about that anyway.
The surgery is next Monday, and will be in the morning and last about three hours at the most. Then an overnight stay at the hospital, but I get to go home the next day. Which is pretty good! Recovery should be only about a week, but I've taken two weeks off. Hey, it was their idea! At work, I mean. I saved up a lot of leave just in case for this, and they want me to use it up. Fine by me.
I'll be at Mum's place for the week, just so that I don't have to worry about shopping and stuff. I'm relieved about that actually, and Mum likes the idea of being able to coddle me. I hope I don't go mental from the smothering, but I'll bring books and my laptop with me and I should survive. And yes, okay, I like being looked after, so what? I hate to cook.
The switch-on happens in June, and I'll know more then about what exercises I should do to help the hearing along. The switch-on is the part that I'm REALLY looking forward to, for obvious reasons. I know that it'll be just a few sounds to begin with, but I can't wait to work on improving it as fast as I can. They said that I could go straight back to work on the day of the switch-on, which is weird but cool. Who knows how I'll be feeling? That's all up in the air at the moment. Let's get through the surgery first.
There's still the anesthesiest to see, and hospital forms to chase up and sign. Having the surgery so soon after the go-ahead for the implant hasn't left me much time to organise all the red tape. Only downer to not having a long wait, but at least I can't put stuff off, procasinator that I am. I have Mum reminding me of everything too *rolls eyes*
I've been feeling odd as the surgery day looms closer. I've practically become a hermit and leaving the hearing-aid off for long periods. I guess that's my way of dealing with the idea of increased hearing. I really hope to be able to be more social, so call this my last hurrah for my hermit status - and the quiet. I'll be dragging my friends places before the year is out, just you wait and see.
Alongside my need to wait for surgery, I've been on tenterhooks about the j2 big bang. Soon, there'll be so many lovely new stories! Lovely, lovely stories. But I stupidly thought May 1 was when we could start reading them, completely forgetting that May 1 is actually the deadline for the DRAFTS. We can't start reading them until June. Sod it, this month would've been the perfect reading month! *heavy sigh*
Oh well. I can re-read my old favourites until then.