Well, it looks like the hearing damage I incurred from the mega dose of Salsalate I was on last winter was permanent. I saw an audiologist this afternoon who agreed with my assessment that my hearing was slightly improved from the February test (when I still had remnants of a double ear infection) but that it's still in the "moderate" level of hearing loss, and centered around the frequencies in which people speak.
The ENT is unhappy that I've had yet another round of sinus infection. He really wants to fix my sinuses and remove my polyps. He says the steroid nasal spray I've been using has shrunk the polyps somewhat, but my turbines (whatever those are!) are still over-sized and blocking the openings of my sinuses. He acknowledged that now is probably not the best time for me to undergo surgery, but he also warned that chronic sinus infections can worsen an autoimmune disease or rheumatological problem.
Really, it's nothing new or unexpected. He has been jonesing to operate on me since early 2007. And it just hasn't been a real priority to me.
Meanwhile, for what it's worth, my pain levels have been down a bit the past couple days, which is good news. My fatigue, however, has gotten worse lately. I don't think either signify a real change in my condition. It's just more evidence of the cyclical nature of my illness, which waxes and wanes with no apparent pattern I can predict.
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