Wednesday, March 6, 2024

10 years later, part II

This week, I had pain behind both eyes, nausea and pain along the distal catheter in my head and down my neck. My shunt is working, just making adjustments and my past injuries causing chronic pain... I had a good cry about this one afternoon. I don't speak for everyone who has an  unruly medical device and/or chronic pain - Sometimes you just have bad days and you cry a lot. That was me for one day last week.

Then I played Star Fox (1993) on Super Nintendo and it made me smile. I felt accomplished when I beat one of the levels. The end title music is wonderful.

 In 2009, after my shunt was moved to the left side of brain I changed doctors and saw another neurosurgeon who I thought would listen to me. We'll call him Dr. Potato ( Not to be confused with Dr. Potato head who is smarter than this physician)  In 2011, I had a shunt revision and Dr. Potato moved my shunt valve to the right side of my brain, leaving the distal catheter on the left side. 

In 2013, my shunt began to fall apart inside my body ( unknown to me ) except around November 2013, I started to not have an appetite due tot he distal catheter being broken in my stomach. I also started to have vibrations inside my head which would indicate part of the shunt is broken ( a medical emergency by the way ).

Again, this went ignored by Dr. Potato. Until I insisted on doing a shunt revision where my shunt stopped working during surgery and I had two strokes, a brain hemorrhage and and Traumatic Brain Injury. 

Like anyone who has experienced a traumatic event and/or living with a chronic illness... I still experience the following:

Survivor's Guilt

Chronic Pain 

Brain Damage

Like every brain anniversary, I enjoy something sweet. This year, I decided to be adventurous and had a slice of cheesecake.  I also treated myself to a new friend ( How I feel when I experience chronic pain). 

Additionally, I treated myself to a new game, which I've heard is a good memory game...

I made a film about my injuries. Again, I am just one of many people who has a cerebral shunt, chronic illness and has experienced a traumatic event.  My film can be viewed here.

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