Saturday, July 24, 2010

5 days since surgery

I'm on the path of recovering!

All of the normal indicators are pointing in the right direction right this time! My temperature has been normal. If it were higher than normal that would indicate an infection. My pain is minimal while nothing is touching my head. As of today, I'm taking Tylenol instead of the narcotics already and only to get to sleep. My blood pressure is normal which if too high or too low would indicate problems. There is no fluid coming from my incision.

All of these things are such good indicators that this surgery is much better than last time. The only set back has been nausea after anytime I eat. It's starting to get better today but I hadn't eaten real food for about 3 days, since I left the hospital. Today, however, I had brunch and a grandma cooked dinner and I didn't feel too bad afterward either meal.

All in all I can deal with the nausea for a little while if it means my head is healing up nicely. I'll let you know if anything crazy happens! Thanks you all again for the thoughts and prayers and whatnot! It really means a lot to me!

Much Love,

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday Update

Today is Tuesday and I feel much better today than I did yesterday. Erin keeps saying that I'm a totally different person today (in a good way). I'm not so crabby or out of it today. I can tell I'm still a little out of it but I feel way better than yesterday. Still feeling very tired throughout the day and when I do get tired I get irritated quickly. Also my hearing is a little bit off probably to do with the swelling around my right ear, which can be extremely frustrating when I have to ask people to repeat themselves multiple times.

I do have some drainage from my incision site on my head but they have my head wrapped up pretty good so it's not dripping too bad. The docs did a CT scan to make sure there was not anything funky going on under my skin. They said the scan looked great and not to worry about the drainage.

I have been eating lots of solid foods today. I had eggs, bacon, and a slice of french toast for breakfast. I had cottage cheese and assorted fruits for a snack. Also drinking LOTS of water! Joey and Erin are going to sneak me in some Quiznos for lunch! YAY! And we might order pizza for dinner too. Boy, oh, boy, am I getting spoiled or what. And Grandma isn't even here to cook for us yet!

Thanks for all your love, support, prayers, juju, and whatever other good thoughts are coming my way.

I love you all!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Surgery #4

Amy's surgery went "well" according to the neurosurgeon. All he really said was that it went well, that they removed some of the scar tissue from when she had the infection, and were able to mold the material to her head. We had a very brief interaction with him...I'm sure we'll know more tomorrow. We can't tell much what it looks like because there's a little bit of swelling. She has stitches this time instead of staples, which was one of her big concerns (outside of getting another infection), so that's somewhat a relief.

They didn't tell us she was done until she was about to be moved to the floor from the recovery room. We were all getting really nervous because it seemed like it was taking a long time!

Amy's resting in her private hospital room with a pretty good view of the city right now (although she can't really see it). She is already eating a little bit of solid foods and her vital signs are all good. She's in quite a bit of pain, but they're managing it well.

That's all for now. We'll keep you posted!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Another surgery approaches...

So, I haven't updated in awhile but I have my pre-op appointment this Friday and surgery this coming Monday.

I need to get the whole in my skull covered so that my brain is not so vulnerable.

Short post call or e-mail if you have questions.

Friday, January 8, 2010

No more doctors for awhile!

I got cleared from both the ID clinic and the Neuro surg clinic this week! I got a clean bill of health from both clinics. I don't have to go back to either clinic unless something crazy happens to my head.

In May I will have to go back to the Neuro surg clinic for a pre-op appointment to start the process of getting the plate put back in. We are waiting for quite awhile to make sure that everything in my head is 100% healed before they go back in and put more foreign material in my head again. That's why it won't be until May or later.

I'm just glad to be done going to the doctor twice a week!