So here goes nothing:) I'm a 13 year old girl from the UK, Scotland.
Ever since I was about 7 I started noticing how my ears were different to others, and then constant anxiety started. I wouldn't dare put my hair behind my ears or straight up, ultimately the boring worst hair ever. My ears stuck out from my head and in about June 2012 I decided to tell my parents how I felt and they understood me and my mum made an appointment for me to go see my GP.
My intentions were to make it as un-costly as possible in otherwords pass the criteria to get this performed on the NHS. So had to put on a sob story and say it was affecting me mentally and that I got severely bullied. Even though I had managed to keep it moderately hidden, of course it still affected me . So I was referred to a physiologist and all that eventually I got my surgery date :D
December the 17th, had arrived so I got to the hospital and was shown to my bedspace and was called down for medical photos. sat for a few hours everything was explained I got a numbing cream put on my hand. A few hours passed then they handed me a gown and called me down to theatre, scared but still calm hopped onto a bed and the talked to me whilst they put the cannula in and boom I was asleep.
I woke up and my mum had bought me Oasis (the drink) turned out it was way too rich so post general anaesthetic. I threw it all up even the toast but I was getting dressed and threw up again in the ward toilets but did not inform my nurse as the were threatening to keep me in overnight if I was sick twice (even though vomiting is so common after a genral anaesthetic) so i packed up and left. Got into the car was sick again then noticed I wad bleeding from one ear :/ back up to hospital to be told it was a normal and the bleeding had stopped.
Home eventually couldn't eat but slept fine. Next few days were painful with big bandage on so after 4days I just took them off and it was so much less pain I have managed to bathe underwater fully ear submerged it felt good getting the crusty bits of gunk off and I wear a ski headband at night and it feels comfy. Today is Christmas eve (7 days post op) and I get my stitches out. Excited, my ears are still swollen and bruised and a bit numb but I'm so pleased with how it looks and after all the trauma I had I would never regret it you forget the pain because your so happy. So go for it you only live once, why not be happy. I am, now.