Thu. Apr 28, 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).
Six months later, I remain one very lucky guy!