I'm the one lisa40 has been writing about. I saw the ENT today, and he allowed me to drive, as long as I can check my blind spots... I did ok, but am verrrry careful. I have some balance issues, due to the middle ear problems, and have to do physical therapy as a result. I don't know what it will be, but I will keep you posted. Lisa40 didn't tell you it took me two days to get used to going from a sea-level city to Keystone, Colorado, which is several thousand feet above Denver.
I have perpetual ringing in my ears, which the doc says may take a while. The headaches are down to occasional pains above my ears, which I am not sure I can't attribute to my children... I am still a little weak, but I can really notice the improvement. I have to say, that it was a very bad set of days for me.
As far as the CPAP is concerned, I am ready to lose the weight, sleep on my side, and any other thing, but my ENT said that a 16 or 18 on the machine indicates that I have some severe problems with sleep apnea. He is going to put tubes into my ears next month, and then we may try again. I can't remember exactly what he called my problem, but I will call my nurse for the exact words. He told me when I was not well, and I forgot to ask today. Thank you very much for your communications. More later.