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Friday, October 10, 2014

Subdural Hematoma with Brain Compression

I haven't posted here for some time. The piece below will explain why:
The surgery was: Burr Hole Hematoma Evacuation

About those staples…
          Late in June after returning from Cabo I had a fall event (end of June). One evening while Susan was watching the start of the news, I went to our bathroom to brush my teeth and other “get ready for bed tasks.”  After awhile Susan came to check on me as it seemed to her that too much time had passed. She found me standing in the bathroom covered with blood. Apparently, I had fallen, probably into the shower, and banged my head very hard. I say apparently because I have no memory of this happening. My last memory was leaving the front room… nothing in memory until I was insisting on going to bed. Susan, of course wanted to take me immediately to the emergency room. I wanted no part of that. I told her she could take me in the morning if she still wanted to. Anyway I showered and went to bed. I may have “blacked out” as I have no memory of falling or hitting my head… but there was a lot of blood evidence.
          In the morning, my wife, Susan took me to the ER at Kaiser Roseville. They ran a battery of tests including a CT scan and released me indicating no damage that needed to be dealt with.
          A few weeks later, like 7 or 8, I was starting to have issues. I was losing muscle  strength, especially on my right side and was having a problem with balance.
          One morning while Susan was out doing her morning exercise walk with some neighbor ladies I attempted to open a window that I had opened hundreds of times before and lost my balance crashing into a lamp and a wall. As there had been a couple of other additional issues Susan took me to the doctor. He ordered a CT scan, but it was scheduled for mid-afternoon. It was still late morning. What to do?  We decided to get a sandwich and then return to Kaiser. When we got back to Kaiser I went into a restroom planning on changing clothes.
          That is where the trouble began. I lost my balance and fell on the floor. Then I discovered I did not have the muscle strength to get off the floor. If you are ever going to do something  like that, I recommend you use one of the restrooms in a health care facility. I was not long without help.  Soon I was on a gurney and on my way to the ER. Time for another CT scan. This time it showed two fairly large subdural hematomas in the area of my upper forehead. When reviewed by the neurosurgeons the conclusion was surgery was needed.
          I was moved by ambulance from the Roseville ER to the neurosurgery facility in Sacramento. At this point I mostly lose my memory of events. I was in ICU for 8 days, and then moved upstairs to the neurosurgery floor for a few days more. I was in both for a total of about 13 days, and don’t remember most of that time.
          I was released from the hospital on Wednesday, September 3rd. My son Steve arrived from Arizona the 4th to help my transition. What a blessing it was to have him here and helping.  
          So anyway, when I arrived home a had 25 staples and a stitch on a drain hole.  
          And that is what is what the staples are all about…

Oh yes… The good news: recovery is progressing as well as can be expected.
The bad news: No wine or cigars until mid-October .  ;>(

          As of now, I have NOT be released to return to my normal life, but I think I will be soon. I feel really good so I can’t imagine why the surgeon would not release me.    


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