I have been in Tuscaloosa for a week now and I it has felt really good to be back in my own apartment. My days usually consist of school work, having lunch at the Alpha Gamma Delta house, and doing physical therapy exercises.
I have to avoid being outside during the day because the heat here in Alabama continues to be in the mid-upper 90’s. If I am outside for any amount of time it increases brain swelling mostly in the nose/eye area. The best way to reduce the swelling, when it happens, is ice and anti-inflammatories but the only way to relieve the swelling completely is a full nights rest.
It is sometimes frustrating being back in the town I love, a busy college town, and not being able to participate in all the activities I enjoy. While I am very thankful to be here, I have to remind myself that it has only been two months and everything comes in time. I continue to pray for patience and give in to my body’s needs. Everyday in the late afternoon (around 4:00) my body is physically exhausted but I’m certainly not sleepy. Sleep has been an adjustment this week. Even with a concoction of time released melatonin and regular melatonin, I have a very hard time falling asleep (but once asleep there are no problems).
My incision has all but healed. There is a small scab remaining and I will post a picture at the end of the blog. It’s still difficult to look up/down with my neck but it’s getting there!
I’m working really hard on memory skills. I can look at schoolwork and sometimes I can’t tell you ten seconds later what it was I was just studying. I know that skill takes time and the best exercise is to push through. It’s not a fog (as with the pineal cyst) as much as it is lack of short term memory. It’s embarrassing and annoying because sometimes in conversation, I’m in mid-sentence and can’t remember names of things. All a part of the healing process, I’m reassured.
A quick run down of the symptoms that have disappeared since surgery are:
- Extreme weakness
- Constant need for sleep
- Terrible pain behind eyes/nose
- Black out episodes
- Unexplained headaches
- Tingling in hands/feet
It’s so great to be two months post op and have relief of all my major symptoms. Everything remaining will come in time as my brain and body heals. I’m so ready to be back 100%. Cooler weather is approaching and I think that will be of great help in my recovery.
Many are the plans in person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21
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