Elizabeth is continuing to slowly be better. She is still pretty groggy. Yesterday afternoon/night was a little rough with nausea and a painful stiff neck from the surgery as they put her in a device that hold her head and neck in an awkward position during the surgery. Not able to open her eyes too much as it makes her dizzy. Not able to eat at this point until this afternoon was able to each small bites of soft food. She asked for chocolate malted crunch ice cream ... her favorite :) but unfortunately there's not a rite aid for about 300 miles... She's asking about Jack and says she missing him sooooo much. He is doing pretty good but is giong thru moments of saying Mama, Mama, Mama as he's starting to miss her... and we say "she's with the doctor now, we'll see her soon...
She's extremely tired and tries to sleep but they have to wake her up every hour to do stuff. She is talking better and more today although her speech is slurred as well as she has a little weakness on the left side of her body and face. Doctor had said is not unexpected as the malformation was on the right side deep. Her brain is obviously has trauma and is swollen which is normal. It needs time. Like Patti G said in her recent comment on this blog, "rest rest rest!!!" Patti would know as she's someone who has been through this. We hope these deficits will continue to fade. Her tongue is a bit swollen which is maybe from the breathing tube and jaw is really sore as they had to cut the jaw muscle which also makes it hard to talk and eat. They took her off all the computers, wires, tubes and cords and the nurses are doing physical monitoring and they are also getting ready to remove her from the ICU which is a good sign that we're moving in the right direction.
As you can imagine, it is really hard from me to see Elizabeth like this.... it just shakes me to my core. I've been thru some rough times before in my life but this place I’ve never been... but my love for her keeps me digging deeper to be strong ... and I am and always will for her and Jack.
Thanks again and again for all the nice comments on this blog and texts. I’m reading them all as well as to Elizabeth... They really help so much!!!
I will try to update later tonight...
Welcome to our blog! I originally started this blog in November 2010 just prior to having a major brain surgery to remove a large bleeding cavernous angioma from a deep part of my brain. You can best understand the gravity of our experience by reading the first several entries.(Nov 2010-Dec 2010) I wrote the first one and my sweet, adoring husband, John, wrote the next several (while I was too sick to do much of anything) that documented surgery, immediate recovery, and our reaction to the surgery complication (stroke)that was revealed 2 days after surgery. This recovery process has been difficult but we are making it. We appreciate all the kind words of encouragement we have received and we would like to thank everyone that has participated in helping us along this difficult journey. Also, if you have any questions about my personal experience, please leave them as a comment or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond although I am not a doctor and this is not a replacement for medical care or advise. Please ask a real professional, or probably several. :) I hope to be able to help at least one person along the challenging road of brain surgery and recovery.