Had some pretty significant surgery yesterday. A stapedotomy in my right ear. I was all but completely deaf in that ear, progressing over the last 20 years. Good news is, my hearing is fully restored -- but I gotta say it's very disorienting at first!
Any way, my surgery was at 9:30am, procedure took about an hour, normal expectation is to be in recovery for another hour or so, then discharged.
I wasn't out of there until almost 5pm. Nothing wrong, no complications or anything, just that it took that long for the nausea with dry heaving to subside, and for my head to clear.
Also, even though my D was well known and figured in to the whole procedure by the surgeon and the anethesiologist, part of the knock-out drug administered included a steroid for some reason, and that sent my BG soaring up to 250 after the surgery (started at a steady 110 with nothing in my stomach, nor eaten or drank, including water, 12 hours prior), and it refused to respond to insulin at all for several hours.
I'm thinking the high BG contributed to the nausea, potentiating the bad side-effects of the anesthesia meds. When I finally was able to get it down to around 160, slept for another two hours, and then when I awoke I was feeling much, much better.
The Point: If this is a common occurrence for us PWDs, wanted to share and hopefully help someone else with their expectations.
It was not a fun day. I was very well taken care of, and it was totally worth it. However, I wish it could have been an hour or two of nausea, rather than 5 dry heaving on and off. My other ear has the same problem, although mildly so. It was how I heard for the last decade or two. Now with the right one working full blast, my mental perception is that I'm deaf in my left ear now!