This is Michael again. I wanted to update everyone on Stephanie’s status as she recovers. As mentioned last entry, the surgery went well and Stephanie moved to the ICU Friday evening. There she was closely monitored as the initial anesthesia wore off. Initially she was only allowed to lay on her side and she wasn’t allowed to move her head. She’s been in quite a bit of pain, as I can only imagine after having had part of your skill cut out and put back together after taking stuff out of your brain. The back of her head around the incision hurts, and her headaches have been in full force. She’s had quite a bit of naseua, which they said is common from anesthesia but more so because of the part of the brain they aggravated. Also expected, she’s having some vision issues and trouble reading, but they said that should wear off as the brain swelling reduces over the next several days.
As the day went on yesterday, she slowly progressed. She spent the night in the ICU again, but not before working her way from laying on her side to laying flat on her back, to sitting more upright, and finally standing up and taking a short stroll around the hallway.
Her goal yesterday was to take some steps, and she took some in the right direction (buh-dum, ching!) After continuing to progress and stabilize throughout the night, she left the ICU this morning and moved to the neurology recovery floor. She underwent her post-surgery MRI to verify the results of the surgery and to prep for further treatment. Thank you again for all of your love, support, and prayers as we progress through this journey. We’ll never be able to truly express our appreciation.