My third non-invasive surgery was scheduled for August 22nd which went smoothly and successfully. Not to say all of my neurosurgery procedures haven’t gone successfully, but there seems to be issues during closing at the groin.
The left leg was used accessing the femoral artery at the groin and there were NO complications following the closure!!!!! After a small incision was made at the beginning of the surgery, a closure device is used to seal off the initial incision.
My plan of care at this point hadn’t changed. Dr. Christopher Olgivy planned to do 3 more angiograms with embolization while using a glue-like substance to fill the AVM (arteriovenous malformation) and essentially seal off the malformation’s access to a blood supply.
I had severe headaches during the month following this procedure and the doctor was hopeful the brain was working on its own to close off the remaining blood vessels. I was also told my brain was getting more blood flow than usual and that could attribute to the headaches as well.
I’ve been doing “eh” in the mental aspect. I’m struggling with coming to grips on all these procedures, feeling headache-y and having open brain surgery soon. I hate the unknown. I hate no knowing what the recovery process will be like for me and having to lose a patch of hair on the right side of my head. I know it’ll grow back, but I’m devastated.
Currently, I have stopped working and wonder what I will do for work after the recovery process is over. I’m stressed but managing. In the meantime, I’ve become quite the homebody and decorated every inch of the apartment, finished all 6 seasons of Schitt’s Creek and have HGTV on a never-ending reel.
I am thankful. I have my best friend to hang out with everyday and my mom got to stay with us for over a week while I recovered, which was wonderful to spend time with her. Hope friends and family are doing well.