I am currently preparing for my cochlear explantation/implantation surgery on April 5th, 2017. As a result, I have been reflecting on my past experiences with my last 2 cochlear implantations to help me prepare for this one. I last underwent implantation in August 2010, so it has been awhile, and I like to think I am much older and wiser now. My dad tells me I'm a "veteran" at this now. However, some of the fears I had then are still relevant now.
In 2010, I was particularly worried about the placement of the IV because I did not like needles at the time. I'm still not a fan of them, but I won't be crying about it this time around. I wasn't particularly concerned about "going to sleep" AKA anesthesia for my first 2 surgeries and I'm really not concerned about it now, especially because my favorite, most trusted anesthesiologist will be doing the anesthesia. A huge relief for me!
As far as complications from the surgery, I have an incredibly skilled and compassionate surgeon who has done over a thousand implantations in his career and he did my first two surgeries. Technically, you couldn't ask for a better surgeon.
Ironically, I was not all that concerned with post-op pain seven years ago, but I am now. I've gotten so medically complex since and sometimes my body just decides to do whatever the heck it wants to, which can cause some (unexpected) problems. Fortunately, I trust my anesthesiologist and surgeon with my life, so I know they'll do whatever they can to keep me as safe as possible. I am concerned about my CRPS flaring after the surgery, rightfully so, as I haven't made it through a surgery since my CRPS diagnosis without needing additional treatment. Hopefully, this time will be the first!
I also have a list of all the things to remember, bring, do, etc.