Fantastic Continues

Lisa was discharged on Saturday, a hospital record by two days for a full-scale open brain craniotomy. She has no deficits, and is a slightly wired version of her old self. The ‘wired’ bit is attributed to the steroids she’s on for potential swelling.

Her stamina is still extremely limited, but is improving day by day. Her PCP will remove the staples on Friday and she’ll see Dr. Glazier on Oct 9 for the final all-clear.

A big part of the great outcome is Dr. Glazier’s novel approach: he came in from above, going between the hemispheres without actually affecting the brain. The normal approach is to come up from below, which means bruising, if not cutting, very important parts of the lower and mid-brain. As it is, Lisa is only recovering from the hole in her skull, and not from any actual brain damage.

I’m headed back to the mainland this evening, to put moving plans into high gear.

8 thoughts on “Fantastic Continues”

  1. Excellent! I was waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop re post-op deficits and therapy, I’m happy the time down the rabbit hole was wasted. Good luck with the rest of the recovery and the moving.

  2. So I am assuming it was the eubdural variety not the spreadingone…and what abouut that yarn about blood vessels and all that? What Missouri quack came up with that one? I keep getting reminded why I stopped living there at age 18 and never looked back. So, isn’t Big Island an amazing place? I do recommend send the animals directly to Kona rather than to Honolulu , for rather obvious reasons.

  3. We’re definitely sending the animals straight to Kona.

    The blood vessel issue is not limited to Missouri quacks. Even most of the docs willing to try the operation have the blood vessel issue. They also have 20-30% death rates, and months of rehab. They balance 25% dead vs 100% dead with no operation. Had the tumor been below the blood vessels instead of above them, Dr. Glazier would also have come in from below.

    Also, the entire team at Straub was willing to both get and believe Lisa’s history. She would have died in Pennsyltucky, the Dartmouth Yankees would have refused to let her die, in Hawaii she was extended family.


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