has an acousitc neuroma.
If you are going to get a brain tumour, this is the one to have ….apparently.
…and given that the symptoms include going deaf, having raging tinnitus, being wobbly on your pins, and periodically complaining of motion sickness *whilst not actuality in a vehicle* and hurling your guts up we probably should have worked out that he had a problem many years ago.
Dad’s been deaf in one ear for years. But aside from a complete inability to whisper and a penchant for only catching half a conversation, we thought it just went with the territory of having worked with noisy equipment for half his life.
The tinnitus? …same thing.
The dodgy pins? Well he tore the ligaments off his left knee about 8 years ago so no wonder he was getting a bit wobbly. Not to mention the three rounds of major abdominal surgery he had last year making him a bit weak.
But now that I really look at him and not tune out when he whinges* about stuff I am noticing that he’s really *really* dodgy on his pins:
- He couldn’t walk up the hill to our front steps last week and that never used to bother him.
- He was walking around the front of my car as I reversed out the driveway a few weeks back and he had to grab the wall of the house so as not to fall over. I thought he was still struggling a bit from the major surgery he had at Christmas time … but as it turns out he’d been looking at my car as he was walking and as soon as his point of reference started moving, his balance gave way.
Tomorrow, he sees the neurosurgeon. I’m hoping and praying that the news is all positive. I hate to ask again, but please keep any spare prayers and good thoughts flowing in the direction of my Dad.
*He does go on about his health like a hypochondriac … but annoyingly when he says things like “I think my bowel is blocked” or “I think I have a brain tumour” … he is actually right … I mean there’s no family-humour-pay-out-on-him value in that.