Kiereney heads to an eye specialist tomorrow morning for a visual field exam and back to the hospital on Monday for 72 hours for a cisternogram to check the shunt for blockage. Apparently from what I read, she will have a small amount of radioisotope injected into her spinal canal after they measure the fluid pressure and the flow pattern will be scanned every few hours tracking the radioisotope looking for blockages.
Her neurosurgeon sat down this morning and showed the three of us the films they took 2 weeks ago in ER. Her shunt is exactly where it is supposed to be. However, he is concerned that she lost peripheral vision and the headaches came back just 2 weeks after surgery. The Diamox apparently hasn't helped at all. And the ventricles in her brain are so tiny from the pressure. Something is not right.
Her first thought upon hearing the plan?
"The first time I get to vote in a Presidential election is Tuesday and I'm not missing it!" (She is her brother's sister...)
So after the eye tests tomorrow morning I'm taking her home to the courthouse where she lives so she can cast her vote and spend some time with her brother. She will come back up with Kathy on Saturday and into the hospital(a different one, I think than before) on Monday.
I am very happy that the neurosurgeon is being proactive and following through on this. I had my sermon prepared had he said, "Well, let's just wait and see how she does and recheck in six weeks." I'm not comfortable with her having the constant headache and no peripheral vision. That represents a significant change after the surgery and I want to get to the bottom of this. I can deal with black and white but gray just fries me.
Not obsessing about this at all.
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