I have a much greater appreciation of what surgery entails now, especially for a cochlear implant. It’s almost as if that time you are under anesthesia doesn’t exist, a big blank. When they woke me up I heard all this really bad music in my right ear, the surgeon thought it might be a form of tinnitus, I think it was just the nurses talking. Then they sent me home with a ear helmet with happy faces on it and a good, very good, dose of painkiller. So now after three days the great painkiller they gave me has worn off and I’ve returned to reality, left with the weaker painkiller and a huge bandage behind my left ear. The device is not turned on until July 25th so until then I only hear a high pitched tone from that ear.
The monoprint “Cochlear II”, is one of four pieces I did before the surgery. Yesterday I went in and hand colored and touched up a few areas of the piece. I also painted in the electrode coming out of the cochlea snail. Now I’m working on doing a self-portrait everyday of my recovery, when I feel better I’ll work them into a monoprint series.