Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Good News

Just wanted to let you all know that Amy's surgeon just came out and says the procedure went well. Amy's probably headed into the recovery room right now so we haven't seen her yet.

I'ma try to explain what the surgeon said but since I'm going on 4 hours of sleep my language skills are a little iffy.

The mass was a little bigger than they expected, but they were able to get it out, and removed the edges of her skull that surrounded the tumor (the surgeon said they were egg-shell thin). The surgeon said that the dura (the outer layer covering her brain) was pretty worn down, so they put a synthetic dura to replace it. The doc said that there's hardly any difference between the synthetic one and the original, which is good. The doc also said that since the tumor was bigger than they thought, her brain was pressed in a little bit. She said that brain matter bounces back pretty quickly, and this could lead to some bruising (like a concussion). They'll keep an eye on this. They also patched over the hole in her skull with a type of mesh plate that will eventually harden as scar tissue and the bone grow back over/through it.

Also - the surgeon thinks that this tumor has been growing slowly over the past several years (she said 10 or so). She says that it coulda been from when she bumped her head or something like that. So does anyone remember Amy bumping her head when she was about 13?

Thanks to everyone for all your support!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad to hear that it went well. Thanks for sharing this with others and I'll be thinking of you both! <3