Tuesday, April 11, 2006
[Photo = Nemo sippy cup which has become Mike's nemesis. Diana, his nurses and I keep making him drink and drink and drink more water for the sodium issue]
Another freaking day in the hospital. Mike was in good spirits today, but it was clear that he was having some significant issues with his short term memory. And long term memory for that matter. How old is baxter? 2 years and one month (specific, but wrong. correct = 16 months). Who visited this morning? Roney? (nope...correct = Heide). Actually for 2 days, Mike keeps thinking that Steve Roney was the one who visited. Nope and nope again.
Roney, come visit so mike can be right one of these days, will you?
Mike's sodium is down (137) which is good... but then I have to wonder what the heck is causing his neurological issues.
They believe surgery to replace the bone and implant a vp shunt will be Thursday.
So, how many surgeries has Mike had and how many days has he spent in the hospital?
Surgery #1: November 11 (endoscopic resection of tumor - success)
Surgery #2: January 28 (implant catheter... miss)
Surgery #3: February 1 (move catheter... too close to artery)
Surgery #4: February 3 (cather is just right)
Surgery #5: March 20 (remove cather due to complications)
Surgery #6: March 28 (endoscopic to try to get the regrown tumor - no dice)
Surgery #7: April 4 (craniotomy to try to get the regrown tumor - no dice)
Surgery #8: April 7 (emergency surgery to implant new catheter for hydrocephalus and to remove bone plate)
Total days in hospital (estimate cause I just can't remember):
November 11-15 (Surgery #1) --- 5 days
November 20-23 (complications from low cortisol) --- 4 days
January 28-February 4 (Surgeries 2, 3, and 4) --- 8 days
March 17 - March 31 (Surgeries 5 and 6 and other complications) --- 14 days
April 4 - present (Surgeries 7, 8, and....) --- 8 days and counting
Total as of April 11th = 39