[Elfsea] I'm home
Sharon R. Saroff
sindara at pobox.com
Tue Oct 22 18:24:05 PDT 2002
Glad to hear that you are better. I will continue to keep you in my
prayers for a speady recovery.
At 02:11 PM 10/22/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Greetings to all of you,
>If you are not interested in medical information delete now. I also decided
>that I didn't want to repeat myself so here goes...
>Wow was that fast. I feel fine except that I tire easily and I sleep a lot.
>That's to be expected.
>First my neurosurgeon told me that my surgery was controversial in 2 other
>doctors disagreed that I needed the surgery in the first place. He decided
>to proceed. And I'm glad he decided to listen to me. He also said there
>was no guarantee that this surgery would fix my headache. But the mass
>needed to come out.
>I told him I understood and was more concerned about loosing my eyesight
>than my headache. Which could have happened if the mass would have been left
>to it's own devices and grown to affect my optic nerves in the path it was
>Surgery went fine and I was told it took about 2 hours instead of 3 as
>2 surgeons worked on me. The Ear Nose and Throat surgeon prepared my nose.
>(The path I requested, I didn't want stitches in my mouth... it's a tactile
>thing.) He made a very small incision on the inside my left nostril to make
>the opening wider. I have a very small nose. The stitches are so small you
>can barely see them and there is a small amount of swelling on my left
>nostril, but you have to know what to look for or you'd never notice.
>Next the neurosurgeon drilled the hole in my skull from inside and at the
>top of the sinus cavity. He said when he broke through the skull that this
>"gelatinous mass burst out under pressure". He sucked out all that was
>there and said my pituitary gland fell back into place where it was supposed
>to be. He also said he didn't have to puncture the sack that the brain
>fluid is contained in. And said my pituitary gland looked great. So the
>drainage I have currently have isn't brain fluid it's nose snot.
>The neurosurgeon then made a small incision in my stomach and retrieved
>fatty tissue to mix with the bone shavings from my skull to make a plug to
>fill in the hole in my sinus.
>The ENT came back to close up and insert packing in my nose. So I spent
>the next 36 hours breathing out of my mouth. I had a 2x2 folded up under my
>nose a tape across my face.
>I can't blow my nose for 2 weeks or I'll literally "Blow my brains out!"
>Hehehe. And I have to clean my nose out with q-tips, hydrogen peroxide and
>saline nose spray. Saline is my friend.
>It was much fun having someone else pick my nose in intensive care. So the
>old saying, "You can't pick your friends nose"... no longer applies.
>I had 2 really great male nurses that cared for me. They were attentive and
>So far the only worries is my pituitary gland not functioning. I'll go back
>for testing in 6 weeks with the endocrinologist. They'll be concerned with
>the hormones that control kidney function, thyroid function and a few
>others. So far my blood work all comes back in normal ranges.
>I want to get a hold of the Pathology report for what came out of my brain.
>At the time of my discharge it wasn't in yet.
>If you have questions call me. I'm home recovering and my wonderful husband
>is doing a really good job seeing I don't need anything.
>Our Baron Daniel says we can now use my skull for bowling as I know have 3
>additional holes in my head. And I can truly say "I need that like I need
>another hole in my head!"
>Love to all my friends and all those who said prayers and words of kindness.
>I thank you for caring and extending your feelings.
>Arabella - the very grateful to be alive and kicking and in awe of medical
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