Today I went to visit Dr. Anderson for my one-week surgery follow-up. Crazy to think just one week ago at this time I was being operated on! I get nervous before these appointments because the pessimist in me always thinks something is going to be wrong. However, Dr. Anderson said I am doing really great considering my surgery was just one week ago. I really do not remember much of what happened on Monday with the seizure, but again, I really appreciate all of you and your continued support for my family and me. I have taken it easy the past few days with limited distractions. This has helped me feel better and get the rest that I need. I still not feel 100% ready for visitors, but I look forward to seeing everyone as soon as I’m up for it!
My doctor is encouraging me to get up and move around a bit more even though I get dizzy pretty easily. It still feels really good to stretch my muscles and not be so confined to my bed. I was able to walk a little on my own today both at home and at the hospital. I also went downstairs to eat lunch today and sat at the kitchen table—big deal!! All these normal things are going to take some time getting used to again, slowly but surely!
Dr. Anderson said all my incisions are healing really well too. He checked out the incision on my head as well as my two incisions on my tummy- from the shunt and the skin graft. I don’t think I ever explained this, but a skin graft had to be taken from my stomach for the head incision. The doctors took a strip of fat from my tum to fill in the hole from the head incision. He said eventually it should heal into a barely noticeable line.
In two months I am going back for another MRI with Dr. Anderson. He just wants to take a peek at that last 1% of the tumor that was left behind. He reiterated again today he is not worried about it and how but we obviously cannot ignore it. He just wants to be sure it is not growing.
All of your flowers and gifts have completely lifted my spirits more than you know! This orchid was a gift from my friend Alex out in California and it is just so peaceful to be around. Waking up to a room full of flowers truly starts my days positively. Thank you all so much. I cannot thank you enough 🙂