Today was Andres’ follow-up appointment with the neruosurgeon’s office – just basically a wound check. By the way, his incision site looks great – he’s been released to swim after just nine days since surgery. They told us it would be three to four weeks before he could swim. Yay Andres!
The real test today was how he’d handle the car ride to the doctor’s office – a good hour away from our house. He did phenomenal! He brought his pillow and started off lying down in the car, but about ten minutes into the ride I think he realized he was still feeling well, so he sat up for the rest of the ride and didn’t even have his pillow behind his head. When we got to the doctor’s office, he said he felt a little bit of a headache and he wanted to get inside as quickly as he could, but a full-blown headache never came on. It was only the nurse practitioner who saw him today, and she said that the headaches don’t surprise her and they don’t mean that this is his new normal. She said his brain is just trying to figure out what is going on with the new change in pressure and hopefully they will subside with time. She also said keeping him well-hydrated may help.
We were out for a total of 3-1/2 hours – stopping for lunch and some quick shopping, and he is still feeling fine.
Of course, I’m still anticipating some good days and some bad, but all in all things are looking up. We’ll be back for a follow-up with Dr. George in three months and we’ll review Andres’ post-op MRIs then.