Tomorrow morning, at 8:00 AM Pacific time, I'll be going under the knife. The doctor will be inserting one or two prosthetics in my right ear to replace missing bones and adding support to the ear drum. Currently, I'm almost completely deaf in this ear. After the surgery, I should have close to normal hearing. For some reason, I'm quite nervous about the surgery, but I'll be looking forward to hearing again. Of course, it will take a few weeks. The hearing improvement should be immediate, but then the doctor will pack my ear with gelatin (presumably blood flavored.) After a couple of weeks of ear drops to remove the gelatin, I should be fine.
For years, I've had friends learn to walk on my left side or deal with me scurrying like a cockroach to their right side so that we can have conversations without me constantly asking them to repeat themselves. Hopefully, this will end soon. But as one girlfriend told me "the thought of walking on your left side is just weird."