Saturday I walked the longest distance I have since surgery, roughly two miles. Before surgery, no problem; Saturday I felt weary with every step. One foot in front of the other to get the job done. Healing is real, but you don’t get further without a little push. I feel I have to be ready for long walks later this week, on my way to Wasington DC. Not sure how the new shunt setting will deal with the difference in air pressure while onboard the plane, always an adventure.
Today is the first day since surgery that I feel as good and as strong as I do normally. The headache I had for three months is gone.
Yesterday, five days after minor brain surgery, I felt fine. Nothing hurt, I had breakfast, even after getting up early. I caught the 7:30am train to Chicago, then a bus to Michigan Avenue. Arrived on time for one-day convention on Crime Writing.
By 11:30am I was ready for a nap! That was only after one session; I couldn’t believe how little energy I had. All I’d done was sit all day, on the train, the bus, the talk…good night!
I took a small nap during their State of the State address. I plopped into a comfy chair and was out!
I went to the next presentation then their organized lunch. I was slugging around a bag that was at least ten pounds. I’m not supposed to lift anything over ten pounds, let alone lug it around all day!
At 2pm, I realized my body literally couldn’t endure the rest of the convention, even though my brain wanted to. I began my trudge back home. Waited for the bus, waited for the train. Arrived home 4:30pm. At 6pm I started a longer nap until 7:30. No dinner needed, appetite lost.
And that’s why, as small as the surgery seems; it’s not.
Normal intracranial pressure is 15-19 mm/Hg. From the photo see that mine was a tad low. Who knows what caused the sudden drop in pressure, but it certainly caused one hellava long headache. A simple shunt adjustment and I should be good as I get. 🧠 #neurosurgery
Looking forward to insertion of this, an intracranial monitor into my brain this coming Monday. 😳
Especially looking forward to brain surgery under local anesthesic.😳
I’ll be in the ICU for up to three days. Do you think they’d frown on my doing yoga during that time? 🤔
Is how long this headache has lasted. It’s taken a day off here and there, but basically three months with the same headache. My eyebrows hurt, the top of my head hurts. None of my cures or remedies have helped.😡
I’ve never been part of a museum exhibit before!! Pretty cool.😎
Illinois State Museum -Springfield.
We Are Illinoisans
February 23, to June 7, 2019.
An exhibition highlighting immigrants to Illinois from the 18th century to today through photos, objects, and life stories.