I'm re-enlisting back into the australian army in 8 weeks...I've seen a specialist recently about an issue I've had with my left ear for a long time (discharge, blood, blockage) and he's determined that it's a Cholesteatoma - a serious ear infection that can become worse with time. The medical section in the army cleared me medically fit and said as long as the condition doesnt affect my hearing it won't be a problem to re-enlist.
Now, the problem is that the longer I leave the cholesteatoma the more complications there could be, BUT if I opt to have surgery now there's a chance I might lose some hearing and not be able to re-enlist at all. The doctor said it's up to me, and that my cyst could remain untreated for several months without serious complications (which means the army can treat it after I finish re-enlistment training). Im like a lost dog here, I have no idea what to do, I dont want to lose my hearing or anything and I need to get back in the army - has anyone had similar experiences?