Things are still kinda bad. I have good days and bad ones. Mostly bad. Last week I went to a second doctor who seems to be more knowledgable and helpful....so far. At least he didn't refer to the sound protection at the firing range as "ear muffs" as the first two doctors did. (What did they think, I was shooting at the North Pole?) I had another Complete Audio Exam and a Brain Sensory Evoked Reponse exam. I felt like Frankenstein with the electrodes in my ears and on my forehead. I haven't gotten the results yet, which on one hand is good. If there was something really serious, I would have been contacted by now.....I think.
Sometimes the sightest noise is unbearable. Today I woke up to the planes flying over my building. It felt like they were right outside my window. The local traffic and the leaf blowers definitely did not help. I had to close my windows on a (finally) nice comfortable day. Then I had to take care of some shopping. Driving was uncomfortable, even with special Etymotic Ear Plugs which I bought last week.
On Sunday I was at a Minor League baseball game for a birthday party for the son of some friends. We were in a luxury suite but the noise was unbearable, inside and outside. Sometimes I sat by myself because I felt disconnected from everyone because I felt like I couldn't socialize properly. This isn't right. I was prescribed a steroid for a week and I don't know if it helped or not. I didn't have any negative side effects, so I guess that was good.
Right now, I'm just waiting to hear from the doctor for the results and to see what's next. Some of the things I've been reading about, in terms of treatments, are scary. I get a little overwhelmed at some of the stuff I've read. Maybe the best thing is to just try to do day by day and not think about it. The ringing and the sensitivity to noise is pretty gruesome. It makes me not want to do much of anything. If I cut down on my posting, (even more than I already have), bear with me and please pick up the slack. Sometimes I just don't feel like it. But that doesn't mean that you guys shouldn't post. Oh...I've also been getting a lot of headaches as well. Jesus f*cking Christmas this is frustrating. The picture above pretty much says it all right now.
Wow Tommy. This does not sound good. Are you happy with your current Doctor? I think you should get a second opinion. It must really be frustrating. I'm sending good vibes your way and I hope this clears up soon. Keep us posted.
The doctor from last week was the second opinion. I'm still waiting for the results of the latest tests. I'm doing my best to keep a positive attitude about all this. It is just so frustrating. I'm thinking of starting a campaign to ban leaf blowers, lawn mowers and weed whackers.
Lifetime GoaL New York member Patrick Suraci is very ill. He told me that he has bladder cancer that he contracted back in the days when he was counseling cops in the World Trade Center rubble. He has had months of Chemo to contain the cancer. Yesterday, he had major surgery at NYU medical center. They removed the bladder and made him a new one out of his intestines. He should be in the hospital for a week. Let's all pray for him. He's a good man and He's done a lot for our community.
Patrick is in the Cancer Wing - NYU Medical Center 550 First Ave New York 10016 Room number 1237
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This is some really bad news. Patrick is a great guy and an old, old friend. He is one of the most original of all the original GOAL members, having attended the very first meeting. There are only about 3 of those guys around, that I know of.
I'm actually pretty steamed that a couple of people who I know who I'm sure knew about this, didn't let me know. And, Carroll, you can probably guess who I'm thinking of. I'll call you tomorrow and get whatever info I can from you. Today hasn't been the best of days for me. Frustration at every turn due to incompetent store workers, my ear problem acting up big time and a host of other things. This news today is the worst of it, though.
Patrick is also a member here and has been for many years. He doesn't post though. And he has been a guest on Blue Pride Radio. He was formerly a department psychologist for the NYPD and has authored a few excellent books. Let's all keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
I just got off the phone with Patrick Suraci. He's doing well. He told me that the surgery took ten hours !!!! He can't really talk because he's still weak but in a few days, he should have his stregnth back. I'll keep you folks posted.
Just a quick update on my ear problem (as I like to call it):
Went to another ENT doctor last week and he gave me a thorough working over. In some things, he said pretty much what the other doctors said but he went further in some other ways. Being an ENT guy he was checking my throat because he thought I sounded a little hoarse. I didn't notice it but he thought there was something there. He practically pulled my tongue out of my head! Pulling on it while I said, "Heee". It was impossible to say it so it sounded like anything but "Heee". If I wasn't hoarse before, I was when he finished tugging at it!
But......and here comes the fun part.... He wants me to have an MRI on my brain to see if there's a tumor there. Specifically, an acoustic neuroma which is a begnign little growth which could be putting pressure on some nerves in my ear. He says it's not likely but he wants to rule it out completely. He's going in a direction the other doctors haven't gone in. He wants to find out the cause of the problem and thinks that maybe I had high frequency loss before I had the experience at the firing range. Personally, I don't think that's the case but this is what he wants to find out.
Yeah, I'm a little apprehensive because what if they find something that I'm not expecting? It's natural to feel like this, I guess. I just want to get it over with. The good thing in all of this is that he actually thinks I do in fact have a brain in my coconut.
"The good thing in all of this is that he actually thinks I do in fact have a brain in my coconut."
Isn't it wonderful how some people will tell you anything just to make you feel good about yourself? (guess I better get my vest out of the car....)
I've been living with my Tinnitus for years, let me know how it goes, maybe there is help for me yet too!
Ha ha! I needed that laugh! Anyway, I'm used to being bullsh*tted!.....bullshat? Is that a word?
As for tinnitus, that's only part of what's going on. But I read awhile back that bioflavinoids supposedly help. I've been taking a 1000mg tablet every day for over a month so far to see if it helps. It probably takes a few months to kick in. You may want to give it a try. Also, magnesium and vitamin A are supposedly good to take to. I got this from the book, "Prescription For Nutritional Healing" (Vol. 2) which I got in 2001. I'm sure there are later volumes out there. Mine was bought at The Vitamin Shoppe but you can probably get it at any health food store or Barnes &Noble or anyplace like that. I stand by that book. It's helped me and a lot of Police Officers I know who have been cancer patients, and patients of other catastrophic illnesses. It can't hurt to have a copy. It does help as a "go to" source.
The main thing for all LEO's and others is protect your hearing. At the firing range, be sure to wear good earplugs in addition to the protective sound barrier headsets.
<< He's going in a direction the other doctors haven't gone in. He wants to find out the cause of the problem and thinks that maybe I had high frequency loss before I had the experience at the firing range.>>
Wow... GLAD you are going for an MRI. That could enable a much more informed diagnosis.
It's interesting that "high frequency loss" and "experience at the firing range" is the same thing that happened to me years ago... except mine was in regards to my sex life
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