Ear surgery gratitude
I’ve just arrived home from an ear surgery wherein a hole in my eardrum was patched. While the eventual outcome and success of the surgery remains to be seen, the experience is already overwhelmingly gratitude inducing. Some things for which I am grateful, in no particular order:
- To live in a time where eardrum holes can be cheaply diagnosed, and relatively minor outpatient surgeries to patch eardrum holes exist.
- That the surgery can be relatively minor due to incredible medical technology which allows the whole thing to be done laproscopically through the ear canal.
- That the surgery itself can be pain free because by quirks of human physiology, general anaesthesia…exists. And smart/brave/insane people already did the work of discovering it!
- To live in Boston, home of Mass Eye and Ear, which empirically seems to be brimming with doctors and nurses who are both competent and kind.
- To be blessed with a generous wife who, without reservation, takes care of me pre- and post-op, and who knocks days out of her schedule to do so. I can’t adequately convey how kind Leyla has been throughout this process.
- To have a great job with great benefits where I can easily take time off to look after my health, and I do not fear professional or financial consequences for doing so.
- That my coworkers are keeping the company running smoothly without me in my absence.
- To have the material security to not worry about health-finance interactions: health insurance, a safe-clean-comfortable house to recover in, etc.
- That my family and friends are thinking of me and checking in on how I’m doing.
- That nature has seen fit to endow me with two working ears so that I can hear even during the early stages of recovery!
Written on May 11, 2023