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.
Sorry I went AWOL on my blog for a few days.
As it turns out, producing a weekend long campout in the mountains AND dealing with your son’s upcoming neurosurgery simultaneously has made it challenging to blog on a regular basis.
Rest assured I will make every attempt to keep up with the flow.
My son had a CT scan yesterday that took 4 hours.
Why did it take 4 hours?
Because the Radiologist had to be consulted to make sure the right test was run.
Something that COULD have been figured out AHEAD OF TIME, but at least they were cautious.
The CT scan was done for the sole purpose of seeing how much of my son’s skull is compromised by the dermoid cyst.
As I’ve said earlier, my son needs to have a portion of his skull taken out in order to fully remove the cyst so it won’t grow back.
I appreciate that the doctors are insistent that we run all the necessary tests so that they know what they’re dealing with BEFORE they cut.
So there you have it in a nutshell.
The latest and greatest in my life.
Oh, and today is my oldest son’s 19th birthday!
So there will some celebrating despite the stress I’m under.
Life goes on.
And so will this blog.
I bought a pair of fence net stockings to wear with my rainbow striped bodysuit.
Stockings are hit and miss with me so I ordered one pair to see if they fit, figuring I’d order more if it ALL WORKED OUT.
Oh, the trials of being a THICK GIRL.
I carefully slip them on.
I then attempt to remove them.
They formed a tight little tourniquet around my ankles.
I try to unroll them.
I just wasted a pair of stockings.
Into the trash they go and I’m back online buying three more pairs for Burning Man.
Whether or not I ACTUALLY WEAR this outfit remains to be seen.
But I did wear it at UnSCruz so chances are good. . .
Then I go online on etsy and I come across these FANTASTIC HIGH WAISTED BOOTY SHORTS in all sorts of lovely patterns courtesy of FabBikini in the UK.
AND OMG, I WAS IN LOVE!
I bought three.
And just because I got the pastel unicorn bikini bottom, I bought pink and purple fishnet tights to match.
Cuz that’s how I roll.
You know what this means?
I HAVE to bring my unicorn horn headband.