Going in.

Tomorrow I’m going in to have my other ear implanted. I’m trying to think of it as a routine upgrade, not very successfully, I must admit. But it is a very unique kind of medical event. Most surgeries are to remove stuff or fix stuff; very few are about adding new stuff. I haven’t had a working right ear in well over twenty years, so it’ll be a very new experience for me to hear on both sides. That won’t happen right away, of course; activation is January 24th. Tomorrow is just about getting the device in there and me out of there in one piece. It should be fast; I go in at 8am, should be done by 9:30, and hope to be back home by 1 or 2pm. Wish me luck, y’all.

(For the background on my decision to do this, see the March 4, 2006 entry on the Archived News page.)

Additional Note: Joe Quirk, my dad, and I went for dinner to Barney’s, a burger place on 24th Street, and amazingly enough, Annie Vranesic, my programming audiologist, was having dinner there too. She’d just finished her comprehensive exams for her Au.D. degree. She joined us for the meal. If that isn’t a good omen, I don’t know what is.

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