My pituitary adenoma surgery was July 12th. I was scheduled to check-in at 5:45 a.m., so I was up at 4:30 to get ready and go. The schedule was for a 6:30 a.m. MRI to see how the tumor was doing, followed by the brain surgery.
Thanks to everyone’s prayers, I felt encouraged and peaceful. Then began our “longest day.” At 11 a.m. the nurse called me to the pre-op room to get all wired up, and then at 1 p.m. they took me in for the MRI. We were thankful that dear friends came and visited us in the afternoon, helping pass the time pleasantly. We learned my surgery was the 5th and last one of the day for my surgeon. The surgery before mine ended up taking 3 and a half hours! But we were encouraged when the doctor came to see me around 5, looking bright and eager. At long last, I was wheeled off to surgery at 7 p.m.
Everything went smoothly and successfully! They went in through my right nostril and up the nasal passage to the base of the brain, cut in and removed the tumor. The tumor was filled with liquid, so the doctor said the “balloon” popped, once they cut into it. They did scrape out all that they could of the tumor and sent it to be tested. It was benign, so we are praising God for that!
I was moved to the recovery room at 8:30 pm. I was groggy, but I did get to see Rochelle and say good night before she headed home with our daughter Melissa and her husband Ben who had come for the evening. After they left I was waiting on my room, a nice large one in the brain trauma ICU where I arrived at 1 a.m. It was a long day!
By Friday, the doctor came and said that I could go home! Praise God! I was so happy to get home and sleep in my own bed. 6 foot 5 inches is a bit long for a hospital bed – haha!
So far there is no change to my vision, please pray for that. The doctor said that vision often takes time to come back to normal.
I’m halfway through my recovery time, the headaches are mostly gone, and strength is returning well, so I’ll be back to work soon.
Thanks again for your prayers!