Thursday, October 9, 2008

Only ONE more surgery to go...

...and it's gonna be on Tuesday! Yes, blogger friends the neurosurgeon was very impressed with my work and HIS on my recovery. Turns out we don't have to wait any lengthy time to have my skull flap taken out of my abdomen and placed quite nicely back where it belongs covering my left brain!! I was worried he was going to make me wait a couple of more months but he put me on next weeks schedule. This is great news to Mike and I for several reasons! For me getting this done now means that we can be done and over with all this aneurysm stuff finally and get both girls back home with us! We are one step closer to getting back to "normal" around here! I am hoping to go back to work by the very end of this month and should be cleared for a part time return to work as soon as this surgery is a success. I will be easing back into work as fatigue is still an issue I'm overcoming. I'm hoping that I will ease back in and slowly work my way back into my forty hour work week.

I've also been cleared by the neuro to drive again although I've not put myself behind the wheel yet. It's been since July that I've been behind the wheel so I'm sure that will feel weird. I'm no longer on doctor's order to be monitored 24/7 and that will also be weird as I'm not used to being totally alone anymore either. Mike is driving a quick airport run this evening and I've already called aunt KK to come over and "hang out" as I'm still nervous and quirky about every eye twitch or head pain. I know I HAVE to get over this and I'm working on it or will be getting help with it very soon. It's just part of the post traumatic aneurysm stress that now plagues me. However, so many people tell me a year from now this will all seem like a "bump in the road" and I can't wait for that feeling!

For those of you who know me well and are waiting to find out, I did ask the neurosurgeon the part about the roller coasters! Let me just say first that he didn't even flinch! He simply said "yes, that would be fine there are no issues with doing all the things I have done in the past". OF course I lumped roller coasters in with riding on airplanes etc., etc., but he knew we had been joking about it since Mike and Pat couldn't resist giggling when I brought it up! So should I decide that I'm not going to stay paranoid about dying or almost dying at every sneeze I may decide to go back to my old roller coaster ways and it will be OKAY! HA! We'll see what happens next chance I get but for now I think I'll put riding the ultimate roller coaster a little lower on the "Bucket List" and heal a little more.

So that is my big update for today! We're gearing up for Brooke's baptism this weekend. I absolutely can't wait to see her in her precious gown getting Baptized as her sister did by Father Frank. Mike and I have been looking forward to this day since I was in ICU crying over missing her first scheduled date. It's a major milestone day for us!! Don't worry there will be tons of pics on the blog come Sunday!

In closing tonight I have to ask you all once again for the big prayer chain on Tuesday morning! Please pray that this next surgery goes well and there are no issues with my recovery. I'm freaked about the idea of getting put "under" again just a week after the gall bladder surgery. I know there are plenty of people who get more anesthesia than this and are fine. Once I get through this last one I'll finally be done and GOD WILLING there will be no more surgeries for me or anyone else in my family this year! Lindsay had 1, Mike had 2, I will have had 8 and if you count Brooke's birth she technically had 1 this year too! HA! Hey, it counts if we have to pay for it, right? Thanks again for all your prayers, comments and emails...you guys are the best!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chris,

Talked to Mike last night and was amazed how things are progressing. This is all so fantastic. Did you even really need me there????? We will be saying prayers for you as always. Am so glad we had the time to reconnect!!!!! Give Lindsay and Brooke hugs and kisses from me. Miss you all.
Jeff and I are doing well. He is doing well with his classes and hopes to be working come January. If things financially keep going down the way they are, I will be looking to find a job too.

Love,
Carol

Anonymous said...

Got your vmail...what GREAT news!!! Pressing on and not looking back :) I hope the Baptism is absolutely wonderful for you all this weekend. I can't wait to see pics!!
Christi

Anonymous said...

will mike have your cell phone on tuesday, so i can call him later that afternoon to check on you? or send me his number, so i can call him. love you & i will get the biggest prayer chain i can going! can't wait for all these surgeries to be over with and we can start talking about OUR GIRLS TRIP 2009 again!!!!

Katy S. said...

You have not even left our prayers Chris. We will continue till you are 110%

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. I am so glad to hear that things went well and that you are scheduled to have the surgery next week! I can't believe that you may actually be able to come back to work by the end of the month! I miss u and it seems like forever since I have last seen you! Brooke looks so cute. I love her picture in the chair. It is funny how she looks so different from Lins to me. Dan's grandchild was born a few weeks ago. We drove to Indiana to visit. Don't EVER call me grandma or I will hit you!!! I am thinking of you and praying for both you and your family every day. Hope that all goes well next week and I will be so happy for you when everyone is home and under one roof.

Love,

Lisa and Dan Lowery

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I am sooo excited for you Chris! Just think all of this could be a somewhat distant memory by Christmas. And my oh my at everything that your family will have to be grateful for on Thanksgiving. We will storm heaven with prayers for you to come safely through this surgery and get your strength back. God Bless!

ps...enjoy the weekend and Baptism, what a special event.

Andrea said...

^Yes, and you might even get to enjoy a little bit of the halloween festivities with your girls too! Can't wait to see what they dress up as!

Continued prayers coming your way...

The Gordon Family said...

I am so happy to hear you have the next and FINAL surgery scheduled. I know you needed to have that done for some closure from all of this. Sending all our prayers your way. Hang in there, soon this will all be a blip in your journey!

MBKimmy said...

This is wonderful! I love that you have done so well and that things are moving right along! I love that I have never met you and I pray for you daily and nightly! I love it!
I will be praying for you!

PS Pray for us - it is NOT near like yours but baby Tatum is getting tubes on Tuesday ... I will be praying for ALL OF US!

Anonymous said...

HI Chris and Mike and family. I received the instructions on how to get into the BLOG and I trust it is working. Well, it has been some medical wonders and Sandy and I have kept reading all of the updates. We are happy that all is going well and Tuesday will really get things on track. Will be checking in from time to time and our blessings to the family,

love Sam and Sandy, New Jersey

Tara said...

yay! So glad things went well with the doctor and your long road is starting to come to an end. I can't wait to see pics of the baptism too!

Heather said...

Praise God and the pass the roller coasters! I am so glad you're almost done. We'll keep praying for you. And I am really looking forward to baptism pictures!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you are reaching the end of the "road" to recovery. You have done so well. I hope you had a great weekend with the girls. I will be praying for you and your family. Keep us posted.

The Smith Family said...

I am so sorry I just now got to check on you. I hope everything with your surgery went well yesterday. Sending prayers your way!

Best wishes on a speedy recovery so you can bring your beautiful girls home!