Today I went down to Loyola to have another MRI (per doctor order). Everything was going fine until I heard the nurse ask for the razorblades. “Razorblades?!” I yelled. She said “Yes, I hate this part too,” and she told me she would have to shave 9 patches of hair from my head to attach “markers.” She used a “buzzer.” Yes, like what boys get haircuts with. After freaking out for 10 seconds, I closed my eyes and I heard the sound, BZZZZZ! She began to attach them. Think dime-sized washer-like stickers attached to my head. These markers are worn during the MRI as an indicator for the neurosurgeon to see where exactly to put the tubing of the shunt.
For those of you wondering, the shunt is being implanted to drain fluid build-up in my brain and alleviate pressure inside there too. I’ve been told the surgeon will make a small incision in the right side of my scalp to insert a small tube (outside the skull). This will extend inside my body down to my abdomen where it drains/dissolves. Sounds strange, I know, but I trust this doctor and I will do anything to help this entire process go smoothly.
The first MRI machine they tried to put me in was a TAD claustrophobic and I asked to be removed immediately as my heart rate skyrocketed and I couldn’t really breathe. Luckily they had another MRI machine which was more spacious and took a shorter amount of time to take the scan. It took about 30 minutes or so and I was out.
Then I headed to pre-admission testing where they took some blood and went over usual pre-surgery questions. I met with an anesthesiologist and a few nurses to answer any questions. I was told on Monday this procedure was no big deal by my neurosurgeon, that I’d be put under for about 35 minutes, and hopefully leave the hospital in a day. Today was a different story from the nurse. He said it would take 2 hours and I will be in the hospital for 3 days. Only time will tell….
Anyway, I look like a space alien and I am anxious to see what my hair looks like after they take these markers off, post-shunt surgery tomorrow.