Day 12 & 13 Post Op / Life Lessons

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I’m baaaaack!

Each day is a healing day and I am making progress. I am very thankful to be seeing small steps of improvement each day but I must say that things are becoming a bit monotonous. Wake up, walk, ice, walk, eat, walk, ice, shower, bed.

My parents have seen huge improvement since we got home 7 days ago. Sometimes it is hard for me to see what they see because the brain swelling is so overwhelming at times, but I know that the brain takes time to heal.

As far as symptoms go, the pain at the bridge of the nose and eyes makes improvement each day. This is the pain that I experienced daily before surgery (thinking it was a sinus issue). The brain swelling is still present and seems to be my biggest complaint but once again, making baby steps of improvement with each passing day. Lastly, fatigue! It is the strangest thing how physically and emotionally I am exhausted but once I lay down to sleep, it is almost impossible to get some rest. My body is still in shock and not producing melatonin. My limbs are weak so we try very hard to enforce as much physical therapy each day as we can! Still awaiting the Pathology report, but we are told it could take 14 working days.

Recovery has reminded me of a few life lessons I would hope that some could learn without going through brain surgery. Patience, compassion, and love. Each day I feel as if God gives me certain situations to test my patience. As I have said in an earlier blog post, when praying for patience I feel like God gives us situations that test and strengthen our patience, we don’t just wake up one day with overwhelming patience. Compassion and love have always been something my parents have shown me each day of my life and I am so thankful for that but through this experience God has truly shown me those in my life who have a heart to help others. I am so thankful for the people who have consistently been there, for not only myself, but also for my parents.

Please continue to pray for my parent’s strength and more specifically that I can start to get some sleep and let my body continue to heal!

Much love,

Anna

P.S. For those of you reading this blog experiencing the same pain that I did or am and have ANY questions please feel free to email me. My prayer is that somehow I can help someone else along this journey along with giving God all the glory! My email is aemontgomery1@crimson.ua.edu

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

-John 14:27

 Top photo is before the tumor was removed. It was blocking the third ventricular in my brain.ImageImageThe bottom photo is after the tumor is removed! Praise God!

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