My Imperfect List of Top 10 Things to Not Do After Brain Surgery

My Imperfect List of Top 10 Things to Not Do After Brain Surgery

Disclaimer:  These are the things that stand out most to me. Use your own judgment and always discuss with your doctor when in question.  THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. My Top 10 Things to NOT Do After Brain Surgery: 10.  Don’t try using a WEDGE pillow- the people that  bragged on these things should beContinue Reading

Happy Birthday to ME! Happy Birthday to ME!  Happy Birthday Dear ME-EE! Happy Birthday to MEEEE!

Happy Birthday to ME! Happy Birthday to ME! Happy Birthday Dear ME-EE! Happy Birthday to MEEEE!

As you may notice by the way I beautifully sang the title of this blog…I’m feeling better. No, today is NOT my birthday.  By now, everyone knows I had my second brain surgery only sixteen short days ago on my birthday (April 16-just in case you want to make a note to send me somethingContinue Reading

“Two Weeks Post-op And All’s Well!”

I always thought the job of Town Cryer would be an awesome job.  I mean, it’s almost like being paid to gossip.  Having all of the inside info on the state of things..whether things are “all well” or “a real x@#$%&! mess”.. Well, anyway, I thought it would be a cool job to have.  IContinue Reading

No One Quits

How did I get to ten days post op? The entire surgical process is fading into my memory.  Mercifully, God has hidden some of the events of the past several days from me.  Mercifully, He has also allowed several to remain.  Consistently across the span of the last few weeks, I’ve sunken into the depthsContinue Reading

Photos From Brain Surgery #2

Photos From Brain Surgery #2

I would like to say I’m pleased with this incision but it’s just as barbaric looking as the first one.   The pain has been ridiculous most days. The first five or six days were constant facial pain, eye pain and what I call brain spasms. – an intense squeezing in my head thought toContinue Reading

“Politics makes strange bedfellows” — Charles Dudley Warner

I guess we’ve all heard this famous quote by C. D. Warner.  “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”  Honestly, I had to look up the quote to see who actually said it.  I’ve spend the past 12 days either preparing for surgery, being tested for surgery, having surgery or fighting off the pain of surgery.  What doesContinue Reading

What Did You Say To Me?

Did I Hear You Correctly?  What did you say to me? — My husband and I laugh a lot.  Like, a ridiculous amount. We have so many inside jokes that some days our entire dialogue is baby talk, movie lines and our own little unique sayings.  One such saying is, “What did you say toContinue Reading

Freezing Up and Moving Forward

Have you ever felt frozen?I don’t mean like outside waiting on the local Christmas parade, drinking hot chocolate with numb nose, fingers and feet-I mean-Frozen. Frozen in time…in a moment. Still able to move, to act, to function-But frozen inside. When I was younger I had vivid dreams of Indian tribes with strange deathContinue Reading

Dr. Kim Visit Results

Dr. Kim Visit Results

One of my favorite Grey’s Anatomy quotes on an episode that briefly mentions Chiari Malformation:     Now, I’m not saying that I’m not going to get better. I’m not giving up hope or throwing in the towel.  Anyone that truly knows me can attest to the FACT that I am a research hound.  When itContinue Reading

A Little Lesson In MRI’s

A Little Lesson In MRI’s

I wish I had some great take on a blog post right now.You know, some comical slant to make the story flow a little better.But really…I just don’t.Not that I’m negative.I’m just out of ideas.I got the call from Dr. Kim on Friday that, as I suspected, the cyst is back.I will fly down toContinue Reading

Musings about Love from An Essay of Transformation

The more I learn about love, about simply loving- the more I am endeared to it, permeated by it and transformed into a vessel of it.  Love mystifies me. Love is a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, an exclamation, a question, a name, a sin, a choice, an antonym for hate, it is…

The Camino de Santiago…and Why I have to go.

  I am three months into preparation to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage  (aka The Way of St. James) beginning in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and ending at Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I still have several months of preparations to make…but am now, today, making my intention public. Four years ago, my…

An Essay of Transformation

Sadness envelopes me like a shroud. Spindly, grisly fingers of despair clutch my throat, the heaviness of grief slowly crushing my chest as rise and fall of respirations slows to a lethal pace.  Remaining bubbles of life-giving oxygen escape my body.  Numb with death, a single tear slips down my cheek, the only evidence life…

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