Progress, 3/10/23.

Today, for the first time in four weeks, I got dressed in real clothes (if you count sweatpants as real clothes and no bra as acceptable). I count it because I am wearing real shoes for the first time.

Also, for the first time in four weeks, I made coffee. Apparently, I have forgotten all the steps because I neglected to put water in the espresso maker. A mistake easily remedied, and I am now in the process of becoming caffeinated.

Not progress.

I have had tinnitus, particularly in my right ear, for several years. It began the day after book club met at my house, meaning I didn’t have to drive home afterward, meaning I could have an extra glass or two of wine. Who knew that could induce tinnitus?

Anyway, a few days before the knee surgery I was in bed preparing to go to sleep and asked Smokey to turn on the humidifier, which we also use for white noise. He said in some confusion that it was already on. I had been lying on my left side so only my right ear was exposed. I lifted my head and poof! I could hear the humidifier. Weird. I did some experimenting over the next few days and indeed, it seemed like I might have lost certain pitches in sound in one or the other ear.

Now I have a new intermittent tinnitus in my left ear, best described as though the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is rehearsing a few doors down the block. I can hear the pitch changing, even the key changes sometimes, but never the melody. (That would be especially weird.) It definitely sounds ecclesiastical, though.

On my to-do list for today is to make a appointment with an audiologist. Maybe my right ear can broadcast the MTChoir to the world.

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6 Responses to Progress, 3/10/23.

  1. handeyecrafts8306 says:

    No offense to MTC, but I’d opt out of that broadcast.

    Wonderful news that you’re up and around. I spend my days in t-shirts and leggings, so no judgment here.

  2. I guess there are worse musical groups to have playing your tinnitus than the MTC? Though I would rather hear them when I put on an album, and not at the whims of tinnitus. Best of luck!

    You sound dressed in real clothes to me. I only put on a bra (or shoes) when I have to, these days.

  3. gayle says:

    I only put on shoes when it’s my turn to go out and feed the alpacas. So, not often.
    My version of tinnitis is the sound of distant cicadas stuck on one note, so your MT choir sounds a bit more interesting…

  4. Jane says:

    I’m glad you are making progress with your recovery. Take good care. I hope the audiologist has some answers for you.

  5. k says:

    It’s an odd world we live in, when putting on clothes is a sign of normalcy. I have to think about that. My personal tinnitus is frequently little chirping birds – a slight disconnect to what’s outside my door right now.

  6. Kym says:

    I’m so glad your recovery is progressing! Great news. And . . . I hope the audiologist brings you some answers! XO

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