Another bad haircut day for me today
Had a fair sized benign tumor removed from the base of my skull / top of my neck yesterday under a local anesthetic. Bit of a strange and slightly unpleasant experience talking and joking with the doctors and the medical student while they cut and burnt it out from the back of my head while I was face down on the operating table.
It was suppose to be a quick 30min cyst removal but when they went in they found out it was a bit of a bigger job than they thought so ended up taking about 1.5 hours and a bit more digging than expected. At least the medical student got a good lesson in how a simple job can change into a much bigger and complex one when you least expect it, along with a few pop quizzes along the way from the surgeons.
At least the bad headaches shold back off now and my helmet should be a bit more comfortable to wear once the wound heals up.
I guess the morale of the story is to get any suspicious lumps and bumps seen to sooner rather than later it might be a bigger issue than you or your doctor think.
Barber is going to freak out when I ask him to fix up this haircut though
After 3 weeks of home detention due to not being able to drive, I have been given the all clear to go back to work. Added Bonus I have been given the OK to be able to lift 3kg in each hand now provided it's not above the shoulder. Time to start doing wall push ups and start trying to build the muscles up again so I can go kiting in a couple of months time. Need to be able to pull the bar in with one hand on the Speed 3 12m when it's fully powered up.
After a whirlwind of activity at the Hospital yesterday I was released back home into my own care yesterday afternoon. HUGE THANKS to Jason fro Briskites who came into to visit me just as news that I was being released came in just before 1pm yesterday. He was a champion and helped me pack my gear and transported me out to the airport just in time to make my flight. I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to do that for me, that is truly unbelievable customer service you won't see other kite stores giving that level of service.
12:45 I was informed my flight was at 15:15 just as I was sitting down to lunch. Quickly ate lunch and packed gear into my bags and Jason went out to grab the 4WD. A quick dash across Brisbane to the airport with a bit of a display of the Mighty VW's agility at the green lights and we arrived with just enough time to spare to run through all the medical forms (8 pages) at the Qantas passenger Check in, a quick escort through security where I was given a swab test because I was all sweaty looking (yes terrorists must look similar to spinal patients just released from hospital, still even had the armband on). Still don't know how the detector didn't light up like a Christmas Tree with all the prescription drugs in my system from surgery and recovery . Then a quick dash out to the plane via golf cart and a little over an hour later wheels down in Rockhampton to be picked up by my mate at the airport.
It was awesome to get home and collapse into my own bed last night. I haven't slept much since Monday when the whole adventure started. By the time I unpacked had a shower and collapsed into bed last night I was having trouble seeing straight as I had blurred double vision from a mix of painkillers, lack of sleep and exhaustion.
My biggest problem this morning was waking up with a very full bladder and then discovering I couldn't move my head enough to look down and take aim at the bowl.
Been off the Fentanyl Intravenous Delivery System for nearly 24 hours now and the pain at times has been excruciating. I was flat out lilting the medicine cup with my painkillers in it to my mouth before. I can see it's going to to be a very long couple of months while all the muscles that have been stripped away from the back of my neck slowly rebuild.
Today I got to see the damage from the spinal surgery courtesy of photos taken by the nursing staff.
This was the scene this morning when they checked the dressing. Looks a bit of a mess and sporting a new haircut.
During the day I was bought some entertainment by the physiotherapist. I have to suck on the mouthpiece to lift all 3 balls in the tubes 5 times every hour to get the lungs working properly again.
Then the big reveal this afternoon. Drain has. been removed and the scar nearly joins up with the one from the last operation.
At least I got coffee and mini vanilla slice for afters.
My anaesthesiologist has thoughtfully provided me with a large bag of Fentanyl and push button to give me a top up as required. I don't sleep well in hospital, so I'm lying here with my mp3 player full of music in one hand and the giggle button in the other listening to Pink Floyd - Comfortably Number struck me as being a suitable track.
Anyone got any suggestions for other appropriate tracks would also go well with healthy doses of painkillers?
Another couple of years have gone past since last lot of spinal surgery and once again I find myself waiting to go under the knife again for more work. Currently lying in a hotel room in Brisvegas trying to sleep on the eve of some major spinal work being done. Tomorrow the Neurosurgeon is going to cut a large slot in the back of my neck, cut away all the muscle from the back of my spine behind the neck and cut a couple of large wedges out to f the back of my spine and give my spinal canal a port and polish so I don't end up a quadriplegic. Hopefully tomorrow night if all goes well I will still have the use of my arms and legs. It's been an interesting and frustrating year with my fine motor skills slowly degrading and all manner of nerve pain throughout my body. Hope to be back on the beach kitchen again within a few months. I have asked the Surgeon for a few holiday snaps of the procedure as this is how I'm spending a big chunk of my long service leave recovering from this one.
Hope to report back in on a successful operation in the next couple of days.