how this surgery will go...
2:32PM on March 10, 2010
I want to thank you all for your prayers, dads surgery is tomorrow morning at 3am. They are leaving to go to the hospital tonight since it is a 3 hour drive from us. In the morning they will prep him by shaving the part of his head where the entry of the shunt is...the back lower right side, above his neck, then to start he will be given a narcotic to put his brain to sleep for the surgery, his body will be numbed by anesthesia...they will begin by taking the top part of the shunt out and cleaning it, rinsing and checking for defaults, ensuring that it is working correctly...then replacing it if needed, if not returning it to his brain and the coils which are directing the blood flow to the rest of his body, after that they will use a scope to check the rest of the shunt which goes down his neck, to his shoulder muscle, down into his stomach where the access brain fluid is dropped to keep his brain functioning right. hopefully everything will go right and he will be able to be back to normal after they clean and check the shunt. The main concern right now is an infection of the fluid in his brain upon opening his old wound, after that there is always a chance of him becoming a vegetable because of time restrictions while his brain is asleep, then there is always stroke due to nerve endings that may be cut or bumped while the surgery is happening, and of course, last bt not least, instant death because of the coils rupturing and/or being punctured or broken upon reinsertion of the shunt. Hopefully all goes well and there will be no need to have him in the hospital longer than 24 hours. Hopefully. Just wanted to give everyone a bit of knowledge about what is really going on with dad and why i am concerned as i am. i will be staying at my mom and dads for the next two nights to be sure everything gets done the way it should as he isnt allowed visitors as it is, but if anything were to go wrong i am the person to make decisions on his behalf as i am his medical power of attorney...so as long as all goes well i will be back here and sitting on my house cam by the end of the day friday...wish us luck and thank you again for the thoughts and prayers you have already sent.