Today could have been a bad day, but in the end it wasn’t. It was my first full day out of the hospital and I don’t think they realized how much I needed the anti-nausea drugs that they had been giving me with all my medications and food. Let’s just say that last night and this morning were uncomfortable, as I waited for my doctor to call in that prescription.
Oh, and ladies, any man who can look at you as you just spit up Cheerios “Exorcist” style across the kitchen, still have them dripping down your shirt, and tell you that you are pretty and that everything is going to be okay, is a keeper. Of course, I was crying and apologizing, but he never even got flustered.I feel like we passed right to the “for better or worse” part. He did joke then that I should get better eventually to be able to take care of him because he is a little older than me.
Since then, I’ve managed to eat and I’ve been on two walks. I feel like such a little old person. I put on a sweater to go outside in 75 degrees. Then, I put on a big hat and sunglasses. The first time my mom walked me around the neighborhood. The second time L. did. I made him nervous because I wanted to walk too fast and too far. See, he has specially engineered these safety controls for me. He figures that if I can comfortably walk 15 minutes, then 10 is better so I don’t push myself too far. I won. We walked 17 minutes. He’s being a sport about everything though. I honestly don’t think I could do this without him here and I’m going to miss him so much when he has to go back.
We’ve talked a lot about how our plans have changed. We were planning on staying in Santiago for a while, maybe a year, perhaps more. Now, it looks like I’ll be here for a while. It could be months before I can comfortably travel and I don’t know when I will be able to live abroad again. So, now it probably comes as no surprise that we are going to look at visa options to bring him here. I have a lot of friends who have done the fiancée visa route and it is long, and expensive but it worked out fine in the end. I think that after this, we can handle anything.
I realized that in this whole drama I never explained what they found in my head. Sorry if this is TMI, but I just want to help anyone else out there who is going through this. The tumor they removed was the size of a golf-ball. It was a benign tumor called meningioma. It forms over the meninges on the brain for unknown reasons and tends to occur more in women possibly due to female hormones. I do have two diseases that cause rare cell growth (mastocytosis and fibromialgia), so I’m still convinced it’s all related somehow. The body is a pretty complicated thing afterall.
They did a post-op CT scan and saw that the spot where the tumor was is already healing. Obviously there is lots of swelling (which is why I’m on these awesome steroids and anti-seizure drugs), but my doctor expects a full recovery in anywhere from 1-6 months. I know, it’s a large window, but I’m just happy I’m recovering!
One thing I could do without are these little floaty,visual disturbances I’ve been getting. It’s strange because I will see a person, then it’s like that person changes to a home movie reel (all shaky and bad quality with the distorted colors), and starts doing something crazy in the corner of my eye like dancing, fishing, or ice-skating. Sometimes I just see bubbles, smoke, or fish, but most often little home movies. It’s sort of become a joke. Like “What are you seeing now?”
“Well, Dad’s torso just did a backflip and pulled out a crappie from a tiny pond in my right eye.”
Overall though, I notice that things are even easier than they were yesterday. Like this post is coming together faster and my typing is not as slow.
One thing I have been considering (and please tell me if I’m getting ahead of myself) is getting an iPad or some sort of digital reader. I like the iPad interface and the fact that the browser seems easier to use than the Kindle, but I wouldn’t be opposed to a Kindle either. I just want something that is big and easy to read to entertain myself and use for class when I can study again.
Then, L. suggested selling some of my other techno-gadgets as I have so many now. Anyone know how or who might be interested in a 32 iPod touch in good condition? Or an Asus eee XP netbook? They are just a little hard for me to use now. I bought them both refurbished they work great. I would erase all my information and restore them to the factory settings. I even have cases and chargers and all those important things. I have papal. Email or comment me if you might be interested.
I hope you all are doing well in the blogosphere! I certainly am.