At the beginning of November I had my hearing tested due to having difficulty hearing people on the phone. The audiologist found a significant hearing loss in one ear only and she mentioned the possibility of a benign tumor and scheduled me for an appointment with an ENT. I of course went home to Google hearing loss and benign tumor. The findings were not fun. Saw the ENT, who scheduled an MRI. Had the MRI on Tuesday and this morning the office called to tell me I do not have a tumor, I have mastoiditis. (Mastoiditis is usually a consequence of a middle ear infection (acute otitis media). The infection may spread from the ear to the mastoid bone of the skull. The mastoid bone fills with infected materials and its honeycomb-like structure may deteriorate. Mastoiditis most commonly affects children. Before antibiotics, mastoiditis was one of the leading causes of death in children. Now it is a relatively uncommon and much less dangerous disorder.) So, for about 5-6 weeks, I’ve sat around thinking there was a possibility of a brain tumor. It’s not been a nice 5-6 weeks. The mastoiditis is serious but treatable. The doctor ordered an antibiotic and the husband drove to town in the hellacious!! snow to pick it up.
My mood is much improved!
I did find an incredible group of people who have the tumor or have been treated for it. The forum where they meet is outstanding. Their calm advice certainly helped these past few weeks.
Our sons arrive tomorrow. The eldest sent me a YouTube clip of Kindergarten Cop with Arnold stating, “It’s not a tumor.” after he got my email with my news.
Looking forward to an especially grateful Christmas!