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Wed. Apr 27, 2011

Brain Matters: Six Months Later

Six months ago last night, I was facing the first major surgery of my life, and wondering how my body would react to it. I knew that the surgery, a right craniotomy to repair an aneurysm, could have a wide range of after-effects: major headaches, memory issues, severe fatigue, blurred or double vision in my right eye, weakness on my left side, personality changes (disinhibition and inappropriate behavior, depression), to name a few.

Then I had the surgery, and 75 hours later, I was home. Now six months have passed.

And that ugly list of potential side effects? Didn’t see a single one of them. Within three weeks, I was back to work coding HTML and CSS. I admit, I was worried that my coding memory might have been affected, but I picked up right where I left off.

The only side effect I had was a lot of really bad hair days. But by late January, the shaved portion of my head had grown out enough hair that I could finally get a haircut. Today, I look as normal as I’m going to get (first 2 rows are before/after my pre-surgery haircut, 3rd row is 10 days after surgery, and last row is this week).

Brain Matters: 6 Months of Hair Transitions

Six months later, I remain one very lucky guy!

Peanut Gallery

1  Jim wrote:

Nicely played.

Bravo to your doctors.

Comment by Jim · 04/29/2011 12:12 PM
2  K.C. wrote:

You are a well healed man. However, a stapled head substantially adds to one’s cool factor. How does one come back to “normal”? Was there psychological healing to be done, as well?

Comment by K.C. · 04/29/2011 08:00 PM
3  Reid wrote:

A stapled head substantially adds to one’s pain factor, as well. In fact, that was pretty much the sole source of pain I had after leaving the hospital, that tension on the incision.

No psychological healing was needed, especially once I woke up from anesthesia and felt surprisingly normal. I expected I’d experience at least one or two of the myriad possible after effects … so much so that “normal” felt a touch abnormal, as in, “why am I not having the normal side effects?”

Six months later, insane as it might sound, I feel safe saying “brain surgery was a breeze.”

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