Monday, September 8, 2008

Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon

This weekend an armed robbery occurred at Wetherly’s. One of my family members, Bron McMahon, was conducting a normal female activity - shopping!

Bron was innocently wondering around the shopping centre upstairs. She got two steps down the stairs and noticed a scared look on the managers face while he dived over the counter! Seeing this, Bron crawled across the floor (hence called "Crouching Tiger") till she found the nearest bed! She hid under the bed ("Hidden Dragon") Now Bron does NOT got to gym, but managed to move and spin at the speed of Bruce Lee.

There were 5 robbers, Bron only saw 3 (which is enough in my mind) The rest of the shoppers were robbed of everything - jewellery, handbags, cell phones, money and credit cards. While the shop was robbed of all cash. This is Johannesburg for you. How lovely. What concerns me is that we can't even shop anymore - that is a direct hit on women, how are we going to do retail therapy?

Jokes aside, this is serious. It is unacceptable that we live like this. Bron, however, is just grateful that she was safe, she has looked on the bright side and has even made most of the jokes I have written down (including the name) I think it is time we are a little more careful. Bron wants everyone to know she is fine.

Now, as an expert in marshal arts, she is opening "Duck Dive & Slide" lessons to all keep shoppers!!

Well done Bron!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Going home

Our last day at the flat

Back to coffee

We went to see Dr Butler today to have a general chat. He is happy with the progress. He said that the tumour would have eventually done to me what the 1st operation did and sooner than later. Wow that was scary. There are still tumour cells left around the speech area which is a concern. They seemed to have found the "spikes" in my brain around the tumour that was causing the seizures. They managed to take them out so hopefully that means the seizures will stop. At the end of the year, they are going to re-look me going off medication and my ability to drive.

For now I am feeling good, the op went well and we can make more plans for the future. I have a few months to recover and when we get all the other reports we can decide what needs to be done. We went out for coffee today! I am getting better. Still feel a bit awkward about the bruises and the beanie.

OH I finally slept last night. It feels ridiculous to have this as such a concern. I felt like my head was really thick and lay down and passed out. YAY

Thursday, September 4, 2008

James says I am in so much trouble for the Bozalina blog!!
Today went well and it has been such a relief. We took a walk to the hospital and I went to have my stiches out. Everything seems fine and he is happy with my progress. My swelling is also coming down well. Last night I resorted to taking a sleeping tablet. My head was feeling quite full and irritated. I managed to sleep for about 6 hrs.
The doc said that I shouldn't worry about it, I need to get into my body rhythm again. He told James & I to go out to Nordhoek, take a walk and go to a little casual restaurant for lunch. SO we did!! I had to build up the courage but I did it. It felt good to get out (even if I feel like a bit of a freak) Luckily not too many people got to see me. The brused eye is the biggest problem.
I was feeling pretty washed out and had an hour nap this afternoon.
I was reading through all the previous blogs. Oh my word ... have I really put up all those nasty pictures of myself?? I must have had something wrong with my brain. Now everyone has seen me in the worst view ever!!! Delete delete... It was pretty interesting reading it myself to see what the last 3 weeks has been like from an outsiders point of view. With me feeling so good it is almost like "what was the fuss all about"
Bozi and I are going to watch a DVD now... Sham my poor Smookel Berry (Oh I am in real trouble)

Mini Brain

You won't believe it, or maybe you will... I am starting to realise that "normal", is definitely NOT a good description of me.
The doc called today and said that the lab has no idea what the tumour is!! So they are sending it to JHB to some top professor to try figure it out!! Firstly I had to laugh at this... really. BUT good news is that he says they are pretty sure that it is NOT malignant. We are trusting this because it doesn't seem to meet the cell structure required to be that.
So doing more analysis, like I do, I have come to a few conclusions:
The person working in the lab didn't do that well during the brain tumour lesson
They haven't done it and are waiting for time
They have taken out the sleep area of my brain and don't want to tell me
My body decided to create 2 brains just in case, except that Mini Me brain is tapping Big Me brain and irritating it. (maybe this is why it is my pet hate??)
No I haven't slept yet! Um seriously. Maybe total of 3 hours in 24? Although I REALLY don't look good, I am feeling good and almost my normal (or not normal) self. I am amazed
We are seeing doc tomorrow for a check up and have the stiches removed. I asked him again how much he thinks he removed. He says he removed as much as he could see, but explained to me that the brain moves all the time while they are operating. He can't give me a percentage but felt it was alot. He has to delicately keep following the tumour without touching normal cells. WOW I really have admiration for this guy. His hands are perfectly steady and he can remain still for the entire operation. (6 hrs)
The MRI scan will only be done in about 6 weeks. The doctor says that my brain needs to settle down into place. Then we should have an idea of how much was taken out / left. We should have the lab results at the same time...
I still don't know what this whole tumour is going to mean for me in the future. We won't be counting our chickens before they hatch. I am happy (except for hair) that I have done it. I feel that the weight has literally been lifted. I can improve my life for the time being. It has made us realise the important things in our life. What a bizarre way to have to find them out!


Anyone who knows James will understand Andrea's comment on him eating chocolate cake for breakfast! That is so true. It amazes me. He has no health problems and breaks all the rules! Plus he has that ability to sit completely still for hours. He must be conserving his cell structure.
I have been making sure that I eat properly. Sometimes I am so hungry that it surprises me and other times I have to remind myself that I must eat something. I have lost about 2 kgs through this. I don't like the way it looks as it is mostly muscle. My iron is very low so I have been put on supplements.

The nurse came up to me and said "you are very white" Duh.

It is so great being married. I am also one of the lucky ones to have the man I do. You have someone with you, it makes me understand more and more why we need it in our lives. When you see the older people in the hospital without anyone, it is heart breaking. Obviously this experience has left me a long time to think of the bigger picture.

James will probably kick me for telling you this... I love to make up nick names for him. And not normal ones, I rotate them depending on my mood and inspiration. The latest name I have been calling him is "Bozalina" It is derived from Bozo the clown and my maltise poodle that I named "Fluffylina" He doesn't feel it is very manly.

Anyway, this came in handy. When they woke me up after the surgery, the first thing James asked was "Whats my name" (how unfair is that) so I said "James". Then he said "what's my other name" and of course it was "Bozalina" Anyone who knows James will understand Andrea's comment on him eating chocolate cake for breakfast! That is so true. It amazes me. He has no health problems and breaks all the rules! Plus he has that ability to sit completely still for hours. He must be conserving his cell structure.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Still trying to sleep

I got to say, it is so great to open up my PC and get all your messages!!
I have never had as little to do as I have today. It is the most bizarre feeling. Its strange waking up, bathing and thats the end of anything I need to do for the day!! I really have to pace myself!
I was chatting to my Gran yesterday and she said that maybe the weird sleep disturbance is from the anaesthetic. So I started thinking about it and I think I was having panic attacks. I have had 3 surgeries and been woken up afterwards. The last one was an awake surgery. I am also not sure how many times they woke me in those 6 hours. So I am probably having flash backs. Perhaps my body was starting to do it on its own when I would fall asleep. When every I would wake up it felt like I was struggling to breathe or being hit. Of course I like to analyse everything, so this has made me feel calmer.
So although sleep wasn't great last night, I didn't have any of that. I really had a talking to myself and tried calming exercises. Also not having any hospital background noise has probably helped. Knowing James is next to me is great.
It is quite hard to fall asleep when you can't put your head anywhere...

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