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  • Really hoping for the best for you.
    M2M

    "Nonspecific strength gains have to be converted into real improvements in athletic performance or they are not useful."
    - Training for the New Alpinism by Steve House and Scott Johnston

    Primal Journal: Hmm, I'll take this path...

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    • My heartfelt thoughts from across the pond. I'm so routing for a swift recovery and back to PB normality. 😊


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      • Geez! What a nasty shock and yet so good to know what was going on!! You will be in my prayers too - thinking thoughts of calm and strength and quick healing!!!!
        Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
        Primal low: 186 lbs
        Current weight: 221.4 lbs
        Goal weight: 140 lbs

        "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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        • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

          Just a thought but is there a support group that you or your mate could attend? I found one to be priceless last year when I was diagnosed with a serious illness and struggling to deal with it.

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          • :O

            Wow.

            I will be thinking of you and praying.

            Love your attitude, David. You take everything in your stride, even A BLEEPING BRAIN TUMOR!

            Is your nose going to be sore afterward? So strange to think that one might have pieces cut out of your brain, and it would be your nose that would hurt.

            Lots of love and hugs.

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            • Best of luck with the procedure and recovery. Sending healing energy your way.
              I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

              Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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              • Thinking of you this weekend. I know the procedure will go well and you will feel so much better. Stop in when you can - we are all directing good thoughts your way!
                My journal - The Walrus: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread108103.html

                Be silly, be honest, be kind. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                • Love and kisses

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                  • Thought and prayer for you and family.
                    Female 55
                    Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                    Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                    With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                      • Thinking of you and hoping you will be back chatting ASAP. Love xxxx


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                        • Hoping that all goes smoothly and that you are amazed by how quickly you recover!
                          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                          Primal low: 186 lbs
                          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                          Goal weight: 140 lbs

                          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                          • Thinking of you. Hoping all went well.
                            Female 55
                            Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                            Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                            With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                            • Maybe not for the faint of heart.

                              I am alive. Though it was touch and go for awhile there...

                              I can only tell the short version, the long version is too long and painful.

                              So I had the surgery to remove the brain tumor on the 26th of May. There were complications from the start. Though the actual surgery went smoothly, the last thing they needed to do was to install a lumbar drain in my lower back so they could regulate the amount of cranial-spinal fluid that was there, and remove some if the pressure built up, which would exert too much pressure against the surgical site and new patch they added to seal everything up. The difficulty came in installing the lumbar drain as I had lost a great deal of CSFluid during the operation and to install the drain they needed the spinal column full enough so when they ran the tube up, fluid would come out showing they were in the right spot. So they had to wait several hours (with me fully out) while my body replenished the supply, and while a specialist was called in to install the drain. Several attempts had been made to no avail. My family had waited from 7:00am, and expected me to be out of surgery at 1:30 pm, but I didn't finally come out until after 5:00pm. But all was good, I awoke fine and except for soreness where I had been intubated I was okay.

                              But over the next couple of days I got steadily worse. I started running high fevers 103+ was the highest. I was shaking violently, freezing cold with chills one moment and roasting hot the next. I was itchy all over and thrashing around in bed. I had to have the room darkened at all times because the faintest light hurt my eyes and gave me splitting headaches. During the times I was awake I was in horrible pain and when I slept I had nightmares like I've never before experienced.

                              What I had was meningitis. Likely it was not bacterial (they tried to culture my blood, urine and cranial fluid but nothing grew). So likely it was chemical, probably caused by contact with the liquid contents of the tumor, which was in part, cystic. There is no real treatment for chemical meningitis, but because there were white blood cells everywhere, they treated me for bacterial meningitis, which involves a two week course of heavy-duty, broad spectrum, IV antibiotics. After several more days I got better and could walk around. I was on some pretty strong narcotics administered via IV, and eventually they put me on pills. I continued to get better and walked 20-30 times around the ICU every day. After 9 days, they sent me home with a central IV called a PICC so I could continue to give myself the antibiotics at home (a visiting nurse came over to show me how).

                              So on Friday, June 5th I got home. The following Sunday morning, about 11:00, cranial fluid started dripping from my nose. The patch had failed! SWMBO drove me to the emergency room and within a couple of hours I was back in the Neurosurgical ICU. :-(

                              My Doctor was at a conference in Florida and wouldn't be back until Wednesday. But he flew back up early and on Tuesday afternoon they operated on me again to repair the patch and the leak. The original patch was likely weakened by the meningitis and inflammation that came with it. The new patch was stronger and would hold, all the docs told me. But still they took no chances and every hour drained 10cc of CSR fluid for the next 3 days while constantly monitoring cranial pressure. All went well.

                              Still there were complications, I had fevers, though not so high. Eventually, the antibiotic courses were done, but I started having shortness of breath. My lower lungs were a bit collapsed, so I walked more and used a spirometer every hour. Then they discovered a blood clot in a deep vein, near my groin. So the last few days were spent with a heparin drip, transitioning to Coumadin. I finally got home yesterday, after the better part of a month in the hospital.

                              I can't swim, or submerge my head in water for three months. I can't exercise heavy, or engage in any activity that will increase my blood pressure for a couple of weeks. I can walk, but since coming home I've done little more than sleep. I do not believe that I slept more than 2-3 hours at a time while in the hospital. I have some catching up to do.

                              I hope I won't leak again and that my poor battered body will begin to heal. Eventually I hope to feel better. My eyesight, which is the reason this whole thing happened, is much better, thank goodness!

                              I'm glad to be back amongst the living!

                              David C.
                              Height: 5' 10"
                              Starting Weight: 292
                              Starting Primal Weight: 275
                              Current weight: 224
                              Goal weight: 172
                              Body Fat 30.5

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                              • Wow - scary and amazing! So glad you are home. Rest, rest, rest! Will send positive, healing thoughts your way.
                                M2M

                                "Nonspecific strength gains have to be converted into real improvements in athletic performance or they are not useful."
                                - Training for the New Alpinism by Steve House and Scott Johnston

                                Primal Journal: Hmm, I'll take this path...

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