My turn? (Already?)

Hi all,

Ready? (Well, sort of…)
Set? (It’s not Monday morning yet…)
Go! (I don’t have to be there until Monday morning at 9:30)

Be where? At the hospital.

Again. Yes, we knew about this one, we just didn’t know when it would be.

What is it? Another embolization. My doctor believes that by doing this embolization, we will lower the cerebral spinal fluid pressure. It will lower it enough that the side effects (balance, confusion…) will continue to fade away.

Am I looking forward to the procedure? No, that’s actually kind of a stupid question. But the procedure isn’t that bad. You go in the OR, joke with the nurses and doctor, and wake up in the recovery room. My experiences in 2021 with side effects from embolizations has not been something to be happy about.

I really really want to have the procedure on Monday, go home Tuesday or Wednsday and then spend a few days chilling out in front of Netflix and we’re all set. So, if you are of the praying type, if you could say a prayer that we’d get an experience that is successful and has minimal side effects, we would appreciate it.

Is this the end? It depends on what it shows in terms of the cerebral spinal fluid pressure. If it’s low enough, then we’re good. If not, then we’d have to put in a shunt to reduce the fluid pressures. What does that mean? Stay tuned.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that…


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Hey @TJ127! I hope the procedure goes without a hitch! And just so you know, I had a shunt put in in the early 2000s, then after another bleed had a shunt revision and new shiny programmable shunt in 2010 I think. I say this only to let you know we’re thinking of you and hope all goes well before, during, and after the procedure! Blessings as you continue!


Will say a prayer for the best outcome for you and your surgeons, TJ. I think there are quite a few VP Shunt survivors here. Myself and Random for sure. If it comes to that, don’t consider that a loss. Keep us posted when you feel up to it. All the best, GK


Thinking of you TJ
I hope you don’t end up needing a shunt, but if they decide you do, it must be needed.
You’ve been here before, not that it makes it any easier but as I’ve said before “…it wasn’t that I wasn’t shitting bricks about it all (more surgery), but having been there before I had an idea of the size of the brick…”

We’ll be awaiting a report on the other side.

Take care my friend
Merl from the Modsupport Team