On Friday, February 1st, I awoke at 5am to get dressed and head over to the Hospital. I was tossing and turning all night with a horrible migraine headache. By the time I had put all of my belongings in a plastic sack and put on the oh so fashionable hospital gowns, I was in tears from my headache. I could barely even open my eyes the pain was so bad. When they came to get me for surgery it was 6:45am. They parked me outside of the OR while they got all prepared ~ it was noisy and I couldn't keep the florescent lights out of my eyes. AND they didn't give me any type of sedative before going into the OR.
When they were ready for me, they wheeled my right into the OR ~ got the IV in and then since I was in a lot of pain already from the headache they decided to go ahead and knock me out. I remember breathing in the anesthesia and thinking "It's not working ~ I'm not falling asleep!" Next thing I remembered was waking up in the recover room and thinking ~ "My headache is completely gone and for the first time in my life I was totally nausea free!"
The scoop on the results of my surgery ~ Dr. M said that I was tethered really tight ~ like a bow. He also believes that my tethered cord was the cause of my Chiari. Then he said something that totally blew my away. He said that he wanted to wait 3-4 months and see what happens. He was pretty certain that my herniation would shrink a lot now. WOW ~ SERIOUSLY!! So ~ now I might be good to go in a couple of months and then maybe skip the whole brain surgery thing would be awesome!
So you are probably wondering ~ how's the pain ~ hurts bad ~ really bad ~ but I've got some good drugs to combat the pain. I have muscles in my back that I never knew I had! I am going to sign off for now ~ morphine is kicking in and it's getting harder to type. Thanks so much for all of your comments ~ John has been reading them to me when he comes to visit me. Keep the prayers coming for healing and less pain.