Gavin had his neurosurgery way back in the beginning of September, right after I got back from Burning Man.
He had his epidermoid cyst removed and his skull scraped to remove all traces of the stalk that penetrated the skull, but not the dura.
The dura is the outermost membrane covering the brain and had it penetrated, it would have required brain surgery to remove.
We caught it just in time.
The biopsy came back and confirmed that the cyst was indeed a benign epidermoid cyst composed of keratin, sebaceous material, and skin.
Gavin was a trooper.
He was out of the hospital within a day and a half of surgery AND he was off pain meds in two days.
About two weeks after his surgery, he had 14 staples removed from the back of his head which were holding the incision together while it healed.
All in all, it was a stressful time for me.
I feel lucky that I had the opportunity to stay with him in the hospital and during his first few days of recovery.
Gavin is back to his usual self, playing video games and enjoying the company of our various pets.
I feel insanely lucky that we caught this cyst when we did and had the wherewithal to deal with it.
The surgery and subsequent hospitalization cost $57,000.
My share of the hospital bill?
Not too shabby.