So, some of you may have noticed I was gone this week.
My shunt, uh. kind of exploded. Well, part of it disintegrated and got infected.
Week before last, my shunt site got really swollen and red. I didn't think much of it because I didn't have any of the symptoms for a malfunction, which I had 20 years ago and it's a pain you don't forget. I didn't even have a fever! So, the following week I wake up with my pillow soaked and my head weeping pus and fluid. I had a CT Scan scheduled for that day. and as soon as they were done. I was told to go the ER where a neurosurgeon decided I needed to be admitted right away. His plan was to externalize the shunt through my chest, but there was no usable spinal fluid because the shunt was so old. So I went into surgery the next night to get it out of me so they could test if the spinal fluid was infected or if it the infection was still skin-level. Oh, and since they couldn't externalize it through my chest? Pulled it out through my head, hence going under.
They tested it for three days and decided my fluid was healthy enough, so the next day (Monday) I get a whole new shunt back in, but for variety, on the other side of my head. I came home yesterday. I think I slept, maybe, 12 hours in the hospital. One time I was kept up because my nurse was elderly and couldn't figure out how to work the system for the blood pressure cuff. I got to hear about her adult sons in Hollyweird(Her words, not mine). At 2 A.M.
So, that was my week and the story of my 39th and 40th surgery. I would seriously advise against having two in one week.
Edited by Cameron Hughes - 5/28/12 at 6:54pm