So, some years ago I was changing specialists for the bronchiectasis (don't even go there!!), and the new specialist wanted to do lots of CT scans, not just of my lungs but why not my sinuses too. And then he discovered a "benign brain tumour"!! A meningioma!! Well, this was just too too much! A brain tumour. When my biggest fear (pre-cancer anyway) was that if I had a headache for 3 days I probably had a brain tumour!!! Aarghhhhhhhh ....
But eventually, with the help of a neurosurgeon, Dr David Walker, I accepted it and ultimately came to annual MRIs and reviews for a few years.
But ... all good things come to an end! This year when I had my MRI and review, he told me that it was in fact growing slowly, and I should really get it taken out within the next year. More tears! That was in April I think, and again I ultimately accepted it. But I decided to delay it till this month as a) an overseas friend was visiting in September, and b) I wouldn't be able to drive for 3 months!!
So, cut to the hospital! Oh, wait. When Dr Walker told me about the operation he also listed the risks ... which because of the bronchiectasis, included having a coughing fit, leading to a stroke.
So anyway, the op took place on the 13th October. It went fine and I was recovering well when sometime in the afternoon / evening I started coughing. And then I started having strokes! I was rushed into CT scan and there was some bleeding / bruising on the brain. Several subsequent scans didn't show any progression, but I definitely had some aphasia (speech problems) ... Over the weekend in ICU I made a bit of progress, but it wasn't till I eventually got to the ward (bit of a logjam!) and had some much needed rest that I really started to improve a lot.
Now it's the following Monday and I'm hoping to be leaving hospital today or tomorrow! I know there's still work to do on my speech but I'm confident I can make a full recovery ...
Phew! Well, that wasn't quite so bad ... Always a relief to get it all out there, eventually!
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