Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Change and Opportunities

Ever since surgery, I have been feeling amazing! I have noticed a change in my personality, and in the way that I think. For those who know me, I am a shy and reserved person. Now, I am more talkative, and am able to think and process things faster.
I had a follow-up appointment with my Neurosurgeon last week, and he was blown away at how well I have recovered. He told me that aura's (sensations before a seizure) have an affect on the way we function, which often clouds how the brain processes. Since I have been seizure free for a month now (my all time record!), I have been able to enjoy the last bit of summer and get a job as a French Tutor at my college for the school year.
Many opportunities have come my way after surgery, and I thank God for His perfect timing. Although I wasn't able to go to France this past summer, He has blessed me with an amazing job: tutoring something I am very passionate about.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Seizure Free

August 16th 2013 marked the day that I broke my all time seizure free record: 3 weeks. Knock on wood! From diagnosis to before surgery, I was either having a seizure a day, or a 1-2 week seizure free streak until seizures started breaking through my medications; being seizure free for this long feels so surreal. Surgery was the best decision I have ever made, because my quality of life has improved tremendously. The fear of having a seizure is still in the back of mind, but this fear hardly exists anymore. Let the seizure free record continue!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Recovery

I was discharged from the hospital on the 31st, and I am surprised at how well the recovery process has gone. The few days after I got home were the most “painful” days that I have had so far. I would get up to move, and my head would start to throb; I laid down, and took naps with my head propped up to avoid pain.

Later in the week, I was up and walking around with minimal pain. The only pain I have had recently is the discomfort of the staples in my scalp (I got them out today); I felt like a teenager again waiting to get my braces off. People have been surprised at how fast I have been recovering, because I am out and about walking around as if surgery didn’t happen.

It hit me today, that a week ago yesterday, I had brain surgery. Within just one week, I have had a great recovery, and am feeling better than ever! From start to finish, my Neurosurgeon has been beyond amazing every step of the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better Neurosurgeon.

I will still have to take seizure medications for a year or so, but I can’t wrap my mind around the idea that there is a possibility that I could never have another seizure again, or that my seizures could be reduced. My lifestyle these past two years of seizures, medication changes, and side effects that have affected my daily life, will no longer be my life anymore. I don’t have to worry anymore; I can live life.