July 19, a day of mixed memories. 15 years ago, I was at the opening ceremonies of the Atlanta Olympics. 1 year ago, I was having a stroke.
Thu. Sep 20, 2012
Anyone who really knows me also knows that lists, statistics, and “counting” are Things Reid Likes. The following is a continuation of a now nine year old tradition, “A Day for Accounting.” It was inspired by this from Crystal Lyn, and something that happened 54 years ago today.
Fri. Oct 28, 2011
Some who’ve been through this call it their “Annie”-versary, Annie being the nickname they’ve given their aneurysm. I never gave mine a nickname, and if I had, it would have been “The Little Bastard.”
But, at this moment one year ago, there were fingers in my brain. Extremely talented fingers, performing a most delicate task. The chief of neurosurgery at Emory, Dr. Daniel Barrow, was using a tiny titanium clip to block off the blood flow to the unruptured aneurysm on my right main cerebral artery.
Tue. Sep 20, 2011
Anyone who really knows me also knows that lists, statistics, and “counting” are Things Reid Likes. The following is a continuation of a now eight year old tradition, “A Day for Accounting.” It was inspired by this from Crystal Lyn, and something that happened 53 years ago today.
Sat. Jul 09, 2011
Define Rude Awakening: discovering a hot water heater leak that will cost $1600 to fix.
Thu. Apr 28, 2011
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.
Mon. Jan 17, 2011
Today we had to have our beloved Bosco put to sleep. Susan picked him out of the just born litter in 1992. I’ve know him since 1995, and lived with him since 1999. He had a long (18 years, 9 months) full, and happy life. But we already miss him terribly.
He was full of personality, and if there ever was a kitty that was a joker, it was him. He often tried to “pick a fight” with me, as I was the only one who would play with him in that way (and often had the skin punctures to prove it). He’d plop down next to whatever chair I was in, then shake his head and snort at me, as if to say “I can take ya.”
One advantage of brain surgery: I haven't had to put gas in my truck since mid-October.
Thu. Nov 25, 2010
If Thanksgivings are judged based on how much we have to be thankful for, this is surely the Best Thanksgiving Ever!
Strange as it might sound, I am thankful I had a small stroke back in July. That stroke caused the doctors to do tens of thousands of dollars worth of MRI’s and CT scans of my brain, from which they discovered I had an unruptured aneurysm. Without that stroke, I would have discovered that I had an aneurysm only when it burst. And 30% of those who suffer a ruptured aneurysm die before they even get to a medical professional. Another 30% survive, but with severe neurological deficits (paralysis, memory loss, etc.). My original neurologist suggested I would likely be in the first group.
Brain surgery was 3 weeks ago this morning, and I'm back to work, testing my knowledge of HTML & CSS. So far, so good.
Best I can figure, about $101,000 in medical bills have been issued in my name since July. Worth every penny so far.
Pro Tip: an office staple remover does not work well on surgical staples. But my 36 staples are gone!
My recovery has gone so smoothly that it is still hard for me to believe that 14 days ago right now, there were fingers in my brain.
The top 4 photos were taken pre and post haircut on 10/22, and the last 2 ten days after surgery.
Tue. Nov 02, 2010
Well, it’s done. I’m fixed. And I’m home. That’s the short story bottom line. But there’s always “more to the story” (for backstory, see the earlier “Brain Matters”: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Waiting and Contemplating, The Haircut, Surgery Eve and A Photo Of The Aftermath).