Brain Tumor Update

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  1. ChildWhisperer

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    Some of you may remember a thread I posted a couple months ago about discovering a tumor I had named Richard and asking how I should let my class/parents know. Well, I am now 2 weeks post-op so I thought I'd update you! And for the record, the school and my coworkers have been nothing but supportive! I am off work to recover, thanks to all the restrictions I have right now, but I plan to be back to work the week of Halloween!

    I've had Richard with me for 30 years.
    What they thought was a pituitary macroadenoma turned out to be a Rathke's Cleft Cyst (developed in the womb // benign & won't grow back).
    And due to its mucus-y texture, it left "a mess".
    I had a cerebrospinal fluid leak and chemical meningitis.
    Most people get to go home 2-3 days after this type of surgery.
    NOT THIS GAL!
    I was hospitalized for a week.
    I was in the ICU from Thursday to Monday night-ish (I lost track of time) when I finally got a general room (on the same floor)
    Post-op MRI and CT scans showed they got pretty much all of it out.
    I even got physical therapy for 3 days :(:(
    I had awful headaches, dizziness, nausea, light & sound sensitivity, and no sense of smell or taste. The nurses joked this was not a good way to crash diet for the wedding!
    Finally got to go home around Wednesday, so I've been home for a week now.
    I've been slowly feeling more and more like myself each day. I don't have pain anymore, but I'm still dizzy (especially when I go out and about) and it hurts to move my eyeballs (Richard was pressing on my optic nerves for so long).
    And now there are better things to look forward to.
    A life without Richard, and a new life with my fiance who has already proven he will stick with me through sickness and in health! :p
     
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  3. agdamity

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    I'm glad to hear you are doing okay. Sounds like your recovery is on the upswing!
     
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  4. otterpop

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    I did not see your original post but it is so wonderful to hear that you are on the mend. What an awful experience to go through. Cheers to good health from here on out. :spitwater:
     
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    Thanks for the update. You have been through a lot! Don't push the recovery too hard. You deserve to take the time you need to heal. Sounds like the fiance is a keeper.
     
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    Woohoo! Glad to hear it was benign!
     
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  7. Missy

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    All things considered, sounds like pretty good news. Take your time recovering and keep us updated!
     
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    Sounds like you'll be good as new soon! It could have been much worse. Glad it wasn't!
     
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    Wow! I admire your positivity. What a great way to explain to your class as well, by naming it "Richard." Hope you continue to heal well and get back to your class soon!
     
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    I'm glad you are home and on your way to recovery. Hugs to you.

    I agree fiancé is a keeper!
     
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  11. ChildWhisperer

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    Thanks, everyone :) I appreciate your kind words & support <3
     
  12. Ms. I

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    Glad for the good news! Have a smooth-going recovery.
     
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