This has been an amazing crazy week, with plenty of ups and downs but thanks to our faith in God as well as the doctors, I believe Suzy will eventually be as good as she ever was. I would be remiss not to credit the faith, prayers, support and comfort that so many of her friends and loved ones provided; I believe that your good vibes eased Suzy's nerves and strengthened her will throughout this process. For that, I am (we are) very thankful to you all.
I don't think I ever explained what was going on with those headaches from Wednesday and Thursday. As it turns out, Suzy was experiencing a major spinal headache. When they performed the operation, the doctors inserted a spinal tap to allow her cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, or simply brain fluid) to drain. After the operation, this tap was leaking -- not bad, but just enough to cause a spinal headache. On Friday afternoon, they performed yet another procedure to patch the leak using her own coagulated blood. Anyone that has had an epidural before may be familiar with spinal headaches --- they are supposed to be like a migraine times 100.
OK, so Suzy's frontal headaches are gone, but now she is feeling the effects of the operation and trauma to her neck muscles and back of her skull. She is also learning to walk and do the things that we take for granted everyday with only one balance nerve.
She is back on her iPhone (I can't keep it away from her) and even blogging again (see below)...but progress will be measured in weeks and months -- not days. We still have quite a long road ahead, but we have plenty of support from so many friends and family members.
I am so grateful this turned out the way it did -- as you may know it could have been much worse. Thanks for reading - thanks for following - and thank you most for your support and comfort.
Graciously yours from St. Vincent's Medical Center staring at the Hollywood sign in the distance...