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Returning to Normal After Brain Surgery

Sunday, April 05, 2020

So about 6 months ago when my sight was becoming so bad I could no longer grade papers without extreme difficulty, I could no longer deny that I probably had something more serious than just age-related vision change. The headaches I had experienced for almost 20 years were relentless. I was deaf in my left ear. I couldn't keep ignoring the sneaking suspicion that I had a brain tumor.

Well it turns out the tumor that was finally found after my doctor started paying attention was not a brain tumor per se, but a pituitary tumor that grew directly under my brain on my pituitary gland into my brain and pressed on all of my cranial nerves, making me about 80% blind. Turns out it was also the reason I was partially deaf. And a host of other things I hadn't even considered.

The incredible team at the Pituitary Center at University of Virginia, led by the spectacular Dr. John Jane, determined that my tumor was at least 10 years old. Probably longer.

After my amazingly successful surgery February 25, I developed pneumonia a week post-surgery, only a few days after returning home. By the time I recovered from the pneumonia, the entire world was shutting down.

Today was the first time I could safely bend over and allow my head to drop below my heart. So I went outside into the garden. And dug, and hoed, and weeded, and sweated for 3.5 hours. It felt so...normal!

But I was never normal. And now, with my seemingly brand-new, 30 year old-like brain in my 60 year old head, I feel downright crazy sometimes. But man, oh man! I can SEE! I can hear in both ears! The stuffy nose I had forever has slowly drained out (you don't even want to know what has come out of there!) My left toes that were kind of curled up underneath are smoothing out. And my balance is unreal! Who knew?

I guess it's been so long since I was "normal," (never!) that normal feels like nothing I've ever felt before!!
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  • COOKWITHME65
    How wonderful! This brings such a big smile to my face that comes from deep down inside. You must feel so blessed. I can imagine the worry you had for surgery, the courage to go forward and the strength it took to recover. You are a Rock !!!💕
    172 days ago
  • DMILLER33
    That is so exciting to have all that back. That is wonderful! Congrats!
    235 days ago
  • DWROBERGE
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    236 days ago
  • JWINKSLLC
    Thank you all so much for your kind words! Diane! I am so glad you had a success with your aneurysm procedure! How scary! And YES! I completely feel like I cheated death!

    God bless you all!
    237 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    So happy you surgery was successful. You are given another chance at life! A true gift from God!
    238 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    LOVE how well it has turned out for you!! In 2013 they discovered I had a brain aneurysm. It was decided due to it's location to wait. In 2018 it grew enough to be scary for the Dr (amazingly I had NO clue that the ringing in my ear was connected, and the very heightened sense of smell too!) so a stent was put in. It's behind my left eye. Long and short, sure there are a few things that have been affected, a white blind spot in my vision, but I am OKAY WITH THAT!! A headache that never, ever goes away, but I'LL DEAL WITH THAT TOO!! Why?

    Hey, you and I have cheated death!! Ever feel like a CAT??? I DO!!

    CONGRATS!! You had put that you didn't know if your blog was good, I say IT IS!!
    238 days ago
  • no profile photo HOTPINKCAMARO49
    Awesome! God bless you. (((Hugs)))
    238 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Congratulations
    238 days ago
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