I'm typing this post from a hospital bed at OHSU in Portland. On Tuesday, someone from the neurosurgeon's office called to let me know they wanted to move my appointment from Thursday to Wednesday. She also mentioned the doctor would likely admit me after my appointment. I don't think anyone's excited about a hospital stay, but we knew this would be progress toward a more specific diagnosis and eventually treatment.
At the consultation yesterday, the surgeon explained what tests he wanted to run and also that he wanted to do a biopsy on Friday. The results from the tests will help inform the decision about the surgery. Last night, I had another brain MRI and a spinal MRI. It took nearly four hours. We are waiting for the neurosurgeon to fill us in on the results of the scans.
Today I have also seen PT, OT and had an EKG for Pre-op. Everyone here is very friendly and professional. I have gotten lots of compliments from everyone about the awesome socks my friend Michelle brought me.
The hospital is clean and beautiful. Check out the view from our room.
We feel like we are in good hands. The food is even good here. Food is ordered from a menu and it is like room service. There is no green JELLO and all of the fruits and veggies are fresh.
The surgery tomorrow should be a routine procedure for the surgeon. He is experienced in this procedure and is being very thorough before he moves forward. After the procedure, we will have to wait five to seven days to get full results. The results will allow everyone involved to agree on a full treatment plan.
We are in good spirits here and have appreciated everyone visiting and reaching out to us. Will post more as we know more. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.