Friday, July 27, 2012
Wow, it's been a while! I had my brain surgery on June 11. The tumor was much bigger than they thought and as a result, the surgery took 12 hours, not 8-9 as the doctors thought.The tumor was 4 cm, not 3.5cm as they thought. I had a lot more nerve damage from surgery than the docs thought I would. What does this mean? Well, it means the right side of my face is paralyzed, and a bit numb. I am deaf in my right ear. Also, my throat is damaged and I can't swallow properly. My voice is very quiet and hoarse. Also, although this is not doctor diagnosed, I think my digestive system was also affected by nerve damage, so I get full very quickly and can't eat a lot of solid food. The first couple days in the hospital, I ate and drank nothing, I just had an IV. Then, I started on "thickened liquids", basically apple juice that was the consistency of pancake syrup. I couldn't even drink water. Now, however, 7 weeks later, things have greatly improved. I can drink any liquid, and eat moist and/or soft foods in small amounts. I was in the hospital for 12 days, and improved significantly after coming home. I have had a lot of headaches. I get headaches daily, and have a lot of pressure on the right side of my head, although that is improving slowly. I've had a couple migraine-type headaches, and I have no idea what they're from. I've exercised a little bit-walking, swimming, lifting weights, and elliptical; but I feel like strenuous exercise might exacerbate my headaches.
I've started back at work (Starbucks), which will help me to be less sedentary because I'm on my feet for 8 hours. My first day back was on Wednesday, and I was completely exhausted, a reminder of all my body has been through and how little exercise I've had in the past two months. I was amazed how the surgery affected my physical strength and endurance. On the day before surgery, I could walk, bike, swim, even jog a bit. A week later, going for a 15 minute was was good progress.
It's been hard, but God's been so good. He's truly healing me. I thank Him so much for the prayers and support of all those around me. It's been amazing!!
The good news: I lost about 12 pounds in the hospital! And because of my low caloric intake and a 5 day juice fast, I'm down a total of 20 pounds! Woo hoo!!