Five weeks ago, Lisa underwent emergency neurosurgery to remove a golf ball-sized tumor from her cerebellum. The tumor had pinched shut her fourth ventricle causing a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in her brain. Without the surgery she would have fallen into a coma within hours to days. The surgery was a success and after a week-long stay at Mass General Hospital, Lisa came home.
Homecoming was four weeks ago and Lisa works hard everyday to return to her pre-neurosurgery self. Her balance and strength continues to improve. For walking, she is transitioning from using a walker to using a cane. Over the last week, she has gone on several shopping trips with me to the grocery store or Wal-Mart. We have also been out to a restaurant a couple of times.
Cognitively she is as sharp as she ever was, however, her speech pattern is somewhat different. She sometimes has trouble finding the word she is thinking of (neurologists call it Word Finding Difficulty, WFD, of all things!) and she has a bit of a southern accent. We have no idea where the accent came from, but I actually like it. The neurosurgeon assures us that the WFD and the accent are temporary and they will improve with time.
She tires easily, but overall, she is recovering nicely. So nicely in fact, that she has moved on to the next step in her treatment: Whole Brain Radiation Treatment (WBRT).