Yesterday, as we called to set up more MRI tests, they said they wanted me to come in today because the Dr. ordered the tests STAT, which means within 2 days.
So now I need:
- MRI of C-Spine
- MRI-Spec of my Brain
- MRI with and with out contrast of my brain
- Ultrasound of my heart
- Heart Stress Test
Each requires a trip to Las Vegas.
My Neurosurgeon, the man with a plan, is Dr. Keith Blum D.O. He has been as D.O./Neuro surgeon
for 20 some years, and graduated from Michigan State University. As soon as my family learned of my tumor, my sister booked a flight out and was here the next day. She has been a nurse for 20 some years and knows the right questions to ask. In the beginning she felt that I should fly back to Michigan because U of M Ann Arbor is one of the top 10 or so hospitals in the world. Las Vegas, on the other hand, not so much. Nothing against the hospitals in Las Vegas, but U of M has a long history or medical research, and cutting edge technology. After being here for a while and hopping on the internet, and talking to my admitting Doctor, Dr. Smith, my sister agreed that it would likely be best to stay in Las Vegas for the surgery.
The admitting Dr said that since I was no longer seizing, it was no longer an emergency and that I could be released, and schedule the surgery at a later date after they got a cardiac clearance and better MRI scans of the tumor. I was released on Thursday and have not had a seizure yet. I am on Keppra, an anti epileptic drug, which has tended to make me very drowsy. Another side effect is that I can no longer drive. Although my license has not been suspended yet, and I imagine it will be, I refuse to put other people at risk even though I have been seizure free for 10 days now. I would be devastated if I injured another person due to my selfishness. Its just not worth it. Other than being tired all the time now, which I hope will go away, I feel fine. No headaches, dizziness, nausea, nothing at all.
Although this is scheduled as an out patient procedure, I will be spending 5-7 days in the ICU/hospital afterwards and will likely have several months or recovery time afterwards. Being that I have not completed all of the tests yet, I still want to take care of my customer’s issues as best as I can. My first priority was to complete the jobs that I had “in progress” when all of this began. It took me a few days to get back in the groove and remember what was going on where, but with the help of Brad, my partner, it all got taken care of and I am now scheduling jobs that I know I can complete in a day or two. I have the best customer’s in the world. Everyone of them said not to worry about their repairs, they will wait for me. I even had one that offered me money if I needed it later on during my recovery. Don’t hesitate he said, just come see me!
If not for Brad, my partner, I would not be able to do any of this. He now drives everywhere and does all the work that requires us to go on roofs and other situations that would put me in a perilous positions.
Overall, because I feel fine at this point, I don’t think it has sunk in that there is a tumor in my brain. Soon though, it will…….