Well like anything, I had the highs of seeing immediate improvement to the lows of pain and throwing up at 10:30pm yesterday. Between 3:00-9:00 everyone was impressed with my improvement, then I began to run a fever, the brain swelling kicked in and Bammm! I was not doing well…I lying in bed wtih a ton of blankets, teeth chattering, sweat beading of my forehead, kinda delirious because of the head pain. I was not scheduled for Tylenol for another three hours but they give me the option of Oxycontin or morphine. I know I do not do well with any type of pain-killer other than regular Tylenol. They give me a pill and sure enough, the puking starts…great I am throwing up beef barely soup (which I will never eat again) and the action of throwing up is making my head hurt immensely. I am given an IV of gravel to help ease my crazy stomach. It takes until 2:00pm September 5, 2012 for me to feel better. I get a to use a face cloth to wash off the iodine and blood off my forehead only to discover that there are lines drawn on my scalp marking the location of the entry point. I feel like I have a highway up there. Maybe that is why there is pain.
I want to leave because this place is claustrophobic in a sad sense. There is a lady who is in her late 30’s who had a bad stroke, a guy in his 30’s who got sick and his brain got infected and many others in states of disrepair. There is a lady who went for brain tumor removal to find out that it a death sentence where she only has a few months to live. Then there is me. I am a little uncomfortable – headaches, tenderness are to be expected. I run a fever on and off so really I am in good shape and things in life could be way worse. I have been tested by the Occupational Therapist and brain injury relearning is being set up in Medicine Hat and in Calgary. My physiotherapy assessment rocked so I am good to go and do things when the Doctor says it is okay. I am told six – eight weeks of walking as my “heavy” activity. Action plans are being drawn up for me when I am released. I am good hands.