18. Feb. 2010, 15:42
Monday, February 8th, I had a dental appointment...the easiest way to get there was to take Minneapolis' Light Rail from Franklin to Lake Street and walk from there. After I exited the train and was about to go down the stairs (there are stairs and escalators up), I blacked out and woke up in the hospital an hour later. According to bystanders, I had gone up the escalators (for some reason...which would preclude me going to the dentists) and had a grand mal seizure on it, and went down the up escalator. I have wounds all over my body consistent with someone going down an up escalator, I am just wondering what happened in the meantime.
When I woke up I was at Hennepin County Medical Center's (HCMC's) ICU (Intensive Care Unit). I had a broken nose in addition to assorted scrapes and bruises.
The next day I was given a CT (Cat) scan, to find out about my broken nose, as I had broken all the bones in it. The radiologist noted a small (7mm) aneurysm at the bottom of the scan, the back of my brain. It was ready to blow. The radiologist asked for a dye contrast CT, which means they hook tubes into you and secrete an Ultraviolet (UV) dye which shows things better, and voila, my aneurysm, ready to blow.
The next day, Wednesday, I had a 5 hour long surgery, during which they went into my brain (yes, actual brain surgery) and placed a band or pin around my aneurysm so blood didn't flow into it any longer, then 'popped' it.
Before the surgery I had to abstain from most everything, mainly coffee and cigarettes were my main concern. The doctor had told me though, prior to surgery, it would be beneficial for me to quit smoking, but that now was probably not a 'good time.'
I have a scar circling my head which makes it resemble nothing more than a baseball. The sutures (stitches) are still in, and are supposed to come out Tuesday February 23rd. I look decidedly pirate-like with my scar, especially with the contrast of the sutures.
Fortunately, after surgery, nursing aides were more than happy, as time allowed, to take me down for cigarettes, along with friends who visited that smoked, namely my friend Roman. There are several people whom I wonder why they did not visit...I understand it's not easy visiting someone whom you care about (including in a friendship way) in the hospital, however, the hospital is lonely...so very lonely.
I was able to get a few things from home, such as my MP3 player, and the TV at all times went unsparked. I always had a 'private' room (i.e. no roommates), which made things less stressful.
Monday February 15th I was discharged from the hospital, with slight changes to my anti-seizure medication prescription, though the aneurysm may have been the cause of the seizures in the first place, but better safe (with medications) than sorry, IMHO. I was prescribed Percocet for the pain, which doesn't work well for me...the pain being headaches of varying sorts, as they had to seperate the muscle from the skull as part of surgery. Chewing is not so fun, and I may have some jaw damage that went undiscovered.
Tuesday February 23rd I have my next couple of Neuro appointments, and pending what the Neurologist says, I can discontinue being cooped up @ my parents' house (with supervision, they said upon release, pending this next appointment, where my sutures are also supposed to get removed, I'm supposed to have an anti-seizure medication blood draw to check levels, and another CT scan...oh joy).
So that's what's been happening recently, and why I haven't been around...and thanks to everyone wishing me well and praying, especially my dear friend Safia....
Peace & Good Health to You All,