Surgery was last Friday, and this week has been a bit blurry. We arrived home from the hospital the night before last, I think. Lots of drugs and naps since the surgery, and not a lot of clear thinking. I have been able to read a little today and thank you all for your lovely thoughts.
Currently, my head shape isn’t quite right, with lumps and indentations in various parts that used to be normal. My black eyes are fading, which should look less zombie-like, so that’s nice. I’m pretty sore when medication begins to wear off, and have a variety of numb or painful bits on the left hand side of my head, along with an impressive array of staples or stitches (can’t really tell which are which) reaching from the middle part on top to the occipital bone behind my ear in back, and in front of my ear curving up to my forehead up front.
The good news is that my left eye can turn left pretty well, which wasn’t certain, and I’ve been able to smile , raise my eyebrows, and say things with reasonable success.
The nurses and physicians at UWMC were extremely nice and capable, and we’ll have a better idea in the next week or so exactly how much tumor the neurosurgeon was able to remove and what kind it is. The surgical team believes pretty solidly that it was chondrosarcoma and they managed to remove 95% or thereabouts. When the official lab results come back, probably on Friday, if I can think more effectively by then, we’ll have to decide whether to head back in for another round of surgical removal, give proton radiation therapy a try, all of the above, or just wait and see what happens.
For the moment, I’m having challenges just keeping track of the beginning of a sentence by the time I’ve reached the end. Drugs are both very helpful for avoiding all sorts of head injury pain, and also not especially helpful for thinking clearly.
On the plus side, my sweet hubby has been wonderful, and it’s been lovely to see my parents, and rumor has it your head stops hurting a bit after the first few weeks, which should make it easier to figure out what happens next.
Take it easy, everyone, and thank you for your good wishes.