If you know me, you probably know I suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia - for which last Monday I received a vascular decompression surgery to move an artery away from the nerve it was wrapped around, which may help my pain in the long run. As it turns out, I actually had TWO arteries wrapped around my trigeminal nerve!
I'd never had surgery before so I was absolutely terrified for a while, especially since this was a type of brain surgery wherein they had to drill a hole behind my ear after a three-inch long incision, literally nudge my brain out of the way and do very careful separation of nerve and artery. One of the most prominent side-effects of this procedure now that I have a hole in my skull is actually MENINGITIS, which I thankfully seem to be avoiding.
However, now that I'm home I'm dealing with an immense amount of swelling in my head, my ear pops painfully whenever I swallow... it was already rough enough spending three days alone in the hospital for monitoring.
All in all, I'm okay! However, this is a gamble surgery and I might never see a benefit from it, and even if I do it may be months or years due to the very fickle nature of nerves and how they heal.
Oh man was the room service to the ICU good, though. When I could eat, they made super fresh and piping hot french toast and it was just so, so good.
Just saying what's up is all - and for those who might have surgery for their first time sooner or later, just remember that it's really not -too- bad at all. Honest.
3 years, 5 months ago
16 Jan 2016 02:23 CET