@SinPantalones Susan said they obviously did not damage the "smartass" portion of my brain, so I'm no dumber. I feel amazingly ... normal.
A kiss on the cheek from my granddaughter was better medicine than any injectable drug.
My granddaughter Cecily in her Halloween costume (exquisitely crafted by her Mom). When she saw my incision, she said “Paw Paw has a big boo boo!”
The latest word is that I will be discharged tomorrow.
Sorry for the graphic nature of this photo, but this is my life right now (one continual “Bad Hair Day”). And it looks far worse than it feels. In fact, this whole surgery and hospital stay has been much less traumatic than you would certainly think it might be. I was in ICU for about 24 hours, and then they moved me to regular room. The physical therapist checked me out this afternoon, and said she couldn’t help me because I don’t need any (help or therapy). There were even rumblings that they might send me home tomorrow (though my wife is trying to veto that possibility). My guess is that they’ll send me home after Monday morning rounds.
Susan here - Reid is resting not quite comfortably but resting. His neck is sore but the morphine is doing it's job.
Susan here - Reid is out of surgery doing well. Updates to come, Thx to all the well wishes!
Thu. Oct 28, 2010
But the short version is that around 8am Thursday, the chief of neurosurgery at Emory, Dr. Daniel Barrow, will open my skull to repair an unruptured cerebral aneurysm. No one can say for sure how long I’ve had this aneurysm, but I’ve been carrying around the knowledge of it for over three months, as well as the knowledge this day would arrive.
We celebrated over the weekend, but today marks 8 years of marriage for Susan & I. And, lucky me, I hear she's going to renew my contract!
Fri. Oct 22, 2010
If you read much about the type of brain surgery I’m having (for the backstory, see earlier “Brain Matters”: Part 1, Part 2, Waiting and Contemplating and Part 3), you find a wide variety of approaches to “prepping the head.” Occasionally they will shave the entire head. Usually they just shave a patch on the right side above your ear. And sometimes they only shave a half inch wide path along the line the C-shaped incision will be made.
But the bottom line is some nurse is going to give you a bad haircut. I decided to pre-empt this by getting a haircut from a professional. Graphic (hair) photos follow.
It's good we have Facebook so that on your birthday, all your close friends can remind you of just how old you're getting. All. Day. Long.
Mon. Sep 20, 2010
Anyone who really knows me also knows that lists, statistics, and “counting” are Things Reid Likes. The following is a continuation of a now seven year old tradition, “A Day for Accounting.” It was inspired by this from Crystal Lyn, and something that happened 52 years ago today.
Wed. Sep 08, 2010
In the ongoing story of Reid’s Brain Matters (Part 1, Part 2), we last left off at the neurosurgeon’s office, with him saying he needed just one more test to get the information he needed to make a final recommendation on how best to approach my aneurysm.
This weekend my 21 month old granddaughter called me "PaPa" for the first time. Best. Weekend. Ever.
Mon. Aug 23, 2010
Responding to a comment late last night once again set me to contemplating. The waiting is the hardest part. In part because it makes you think.
I’ve read the stories of many people facing a brain aneurysm like I am. Some of them were paralyzed by fear after finding out, spending their days waiting for their head to blow up.
I refuse to be that guy. I will not ruin the “now” spending it worrying about a “tomorrow” that I don’t control. But it is also foolish not to think about all the potential outcomes.
Fri. Aug 13, 2010
I suppose it’s time for an update to my Brain Matters. When we last left off, I was just home from the hospital after having a minor stroke, with a referral to a neurosurgeon regarding the aneurysm they found.
Wed. Jul 21, 2010
Since I met my dear wife, she has been through the medical wringer a few times. A hysterectomy, a cervical fusion, a shattered wrist, the later removal of the metal placed in her wrist, not to mention a hospitalization or two for her Crohn’s disease. And I get to play Nurse Ratched and/or Nurse Bruno (as well as “hairstylist” when she broke her wrist). Meanwhile, I’ve been The Healthy One for the fifteen years I’ve known her. But I always told her, someday, payback is gonna be hell.
And the payback has arrived.
Sun. Sep 20, 2009
Anyone who really knows me also knows that lists, statistics, and “counting” are Things Reid Likes. The following is a continuation of a now six year old tradition, “A Day for Accounting.” It was inspired by this from Crystal Lyn, and something that happened 51 years ago today.
Thu. Sep 17, 2009
Our current “health care debate” has convinced me of one thing. We, as a country, are no longer capable of civil discourse about important topics. This is a straightjacket on democracy. We are no longer capable of doing Big Things, and we give off the appearance of a rather dumb country that is consumed by pettiness and increasingly incapable of civil discourse.
We, as a country, follow the examples set by our left/right leaders-celebrities, and regurgitate the
ad hominem talking points they give us, or that we heard from some guy on the Internet. We try to shout each other down.
Because volume is a winning policy.
So many very angry people seem perfectly happy with the system we have. I know the majority of people have always been fully employed at a medium to large company that provides them with access to moderately priced insurance coverage. I know the majority of people have never run a small business, or been self-employed (two activities that allegedly cause this country to “thrive”), or wrestled with a COBRA payment after being laid off from their full time job, or worse, tried to convert COBRA to individual coverage. I know the majority of people have not encountered a major medical issue that strained or exceeded the limits of their existing coverage.
I know I may not be among the majority of American people on this topic. So I might have some differing insights to provide. And I am very very angry, too. It comes from two sources, both of which ought to anger you, too, even if you have moderately priced insurance.