Lynn finally starting feeling a little better and began to eat and drink small amounts. Some days were just a couple of bites at each meal. She had no appetite and was very weak and tired. Lynn’s regular bouts of nausea didn’t help, but she was trying. The brain pressure tubes were removed and after five or six days the therapist began to have her exercise. This started with just sitting on the edge of the bed the first couple of days. It progressed to standing up, and then walking a few steps to a commode. Eventually a walk outside the room, always tethered with wires and tubes on a portable monitor. She was eating more and getting a tiny bit stronger. Different therapists came each day to work on cognitive skills like problem solving and memory. Lynn was slowly becoming Lynn again, but with some short term memory issues. We were told that this was a side effect of the surgery due to the location of the tumor. It had been removed from the cerebellum area which controls balance and coordination, but there was also trauma from the surgery that would affect short term memory. At one point in all this I caught the neurosurgeon for a private moment in the hallway. I had to ask the difficult question about Lynn’s prognosis. The doctor said that in her experience with cases like this, one year is an average life expectation. One year! 8760 hours! I’ve got to get Lynn home, but she still had a lot of work to do.


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