Hi Everyone! First of all, wow. You guys certainly know how to make a girl feel loved! To wake up on Wednesday to all your supportive messages and posts was unbelievable especially after a pretty horrific Tuesday, so thank you! I pray all of you never have to go through a 14 hour surgery like that. It was pretty much the worst day of my life. Good news though– the doctors were able to remove 99% of the tumor! My neurosurgeon, Dr. Anderson, said he is not too, too concerned with that last 1% of tumor. We are going to keep an eye on it and do another MRI in about a month. He said often times the last of the tumor has nothing to thrive on so it just kind of shrivels up and dies on its own. I am hoping that happens.
As I sit here blogging after a 14 hour surgery and a few days into recovery, I have a lot of different feelings and sensations that will definitely take some getting used to. First, the hearing in my left ear is completely gone. I know many of you were wondering what would happen with that. It’s very odd. I touch my left ear and have feeling, but I cannot hear one little bit. Everything I hear goes through my right ear now. My ENT doctor, Dr. Leonetti, said this was expected with how large Trudy was. She ended up being 4.9 cm as compared to 4.3 cm as we previously thought. I did ask for a picture of Trudes, but I’m not sure if I’ll get one. Loyola is a teaching hospital so I know they have video footage, but I would probably NEVER EVER want to see that, so….we’ll see. However. I did dream of Trudy last night and she was a light pink color in a little plastic container. We all know she was not that small! Mind games….
One other change I am dealing with is my facial nerve on the left side is quite weak. This was also expected. Both doctors said I should regain the strength over the next few months. For now, it is quite hard to give a full-teeth smile, so bear with me as I do one of my “no teeth” smiles like I used to when I was a kid. Overall, my face feels very swollen and I think this is just going to take time (like everything else to get back to normal).
The last change I would like to mention is my scar and head. Going into surgery I thought I would have a fairly small “C” shaped incision behind my left ear. Boy was I wrong! This incision is probably 5 times larger and because of that my doctors really had to give me a Skrillex haircut. For those of you “old” people, Skrillex is a DJ with an interesting shaved haircut. View the picture at your own risk. It’s pretty disturbing. I’m thinking I might just be Skrillex for Halloween this year!