Went to the hospital and met a new Neurosurgeon today. We discussed this new brain surgery to fix my tremor. The surgery that’s on my left-side of my brain and fixes the tremor on the right-side of the body. The surgeon explained the WHOLE thing.
The tests before…
The surgery itself…
The outcome afterwards…
Well, all these tests we talked about were the same ones I did before my previous brain surgery. Doing those again, to me, is not a big deal. Not as many tests as last time. No surprises there. Having to do any & all of these tests is not a problem for me…
This surgery (I’ve written about earlier) is not commonly used with people who had a previous brain damage, like me. I was curious as to what a Neurosurgeon had to say about this.
After all this…. well… it will NOT be a 100% fix for the tremor on the right-side of my body. I was basically told that my tremor may either be somewhat better OR not fixed at all.
With all this surgery as being so risky, I personally just turned it down. This arm/hand just “shakes”. I’ve been this way for 30+ years. I’m good. I’ll pass…
I had an appointment to see my Brain Surgeon at the hospital today.
I asked another Doctor who came to check on me…
“So, is my Brain Surgeon busy doing someone else’s brain today, and this is the reason I am unable to see him at this time?”
“No, the Neurosurgeon is in China right now for a conference where he is speaking.”
WHAT? My Brain Surgeon would RATHER go to China, and speak to other people who (probably) don’t understand what he is saying, rather than meet with his success?
Okay…. So, at the end of the meeting that I was having today with a different Doctor, I was told that I had no reason to come back and “try” to see the surgeon again for anymore years. I was informed that the SURGEON’S job is ALL DONE and it all looks good.
I’m sure they meant.. DON’T try to come and see him again!
But I think that I WILL try.
All BRAIN SURGEONS just need to be visited on a regular basis, right? They want to observe the good jobs that they completed successfully? RIGHT?
I went ahead and set up another appointment for late next year, even though they said that I do not need to come back at all. But, then again, don’t you think I should go ahead and KEEP TRYING until I see him? RIGHT?
Is he going to stay around the office just to see me? ….a year from now?
Mmmmm…. maybe. I’ll find out then…
THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR, BOYS AND GIRLS.
Today is Wednesday and I did… wait, wait… YESTERDAY was Wednesday and I did one of those “check-in with the Neurosurgeon” appointments. (you know, that check-in that EVERYONE does for the SAME REASON as me on a regular basis…)
What did the surgeon say today? Well…
- “Everything looks good that was done by the surgery that I did. I can see this by how well your scar looks on the side of your forehead.” (Hard Work done by Him)
- “You are doing a good job by how your hair is growing back cover the rest of your scars.” (Hard Work done by Me)
Ok ok ok…. May have been several things talked about there, but those are the MAIN ones to brag about. 🙂
Several other things he talked about and how he was so proud of the work he finished. (Not those exact words, but you know what I mean) 😉
He asked what I’ve been doing lately…
“Oh…. I’ve been riding my bike all over the place to…”
“While wearing a helmet to thoroughly protect that WORK that I FINISHED UP THERE????!!!!”
“Uh… I guess I could, huh? I mean, I have one. When I first got out of the hospital after you doing the BRAIN FIXING SURGERY, I wore one. But.. I kinda just… Hmmm… Forget to?”
“No. No. No. No….. WEAR YOUR HELMET! You are not just going to fall off a bike and screw up all that work I did for you!”
“JUST MAKE SURE! DON’T FORGET!”
YES, I have a helmet. Do I enjoy wearing it? Not my favorite thing, but that’s true it needs to be done.
When I came to my meeting, I “found out” that the party going there on was actually the Surgeon’s Birthday. Not really for me being there at all (ha ha). I bought a present to give him just for me to be a “nice guy” since it has been SO LONG since I had seen him. After learning about the Birthday, that’s exactly what my present becomes. A Birthday Present. 😉
This is a pretty nice present….
Sunday night, Sherry was removing the gauze from the left side of my head where the “wound dehiscence” (picture from November 28) was covered. When the gauze was removed, it pulled the scab out of it. Not a pretty sight. This was a bit before 10 o’clock and we decided that I should to go to the emergency room. If I do, we had instructions to go all the way to the KU Med to make sure that I am taken care by people that know of my situation.
So, got to the hospital and checked in at about 10:45. About 1:45, we were told that we were next and had 30 seconds till the room was ready. Just then a trauma came in and took that room. My 30 seconds were gone! Whatever, we’ll wait. Then we were finally led back to a room at 2:40 where I had three different doctors come in at separate times and I flashed them the hole in my head. They each looked, stepped back and said that they needed to wait for the of the Neurosurgeon’s team that in the hospital at the time to come take a look at the hole in my head.
About 5:45, the Neurosurgeon’s team member showed up to take a look at the hole. He was throwing around ideas of things that may have to be done, such as stitches or taking me back into the operating room. Eh… He wasn’t for sure what he should do. So, he took a picture of the hole in head with his phone and sent it to the main neurological surgeon’s phone and he called him at home. The main surgeon basically just said to keep it clean and change the dressing twice a day because he’s thinking it’s going to heal itself from the inside out. Well, this is exactly what we were doing all this time.
So, we spent ALL this time at the hospital and were just told to keep doing what we were already doing. Did a prescription for an antibiotic, which happened to be the exact same one I was on before and had just run out of. I guess sitting around all night at the hospital just to get a refill of that was the about all I got.
I finally did get appointments set up on Monday. I see the Neurosurgeon on Wednesday this week, have my MRI on the 30th and see my Neurologist on the 3rd. That’s where I’m at right now. Need to cut these dang hospital bands off my wrist again. I’m getting a pretty good collection of those.