Monday July 9 was my last run of Week 1. I had gotten up early before work, put on the running gear which fit surprisingly better after only a few runs and headed out the door. Monday at work I experienced two 'episodes' of dizziness, vision problems, and numbness in my extremities. Tuesday, I felt the same issue again. My best friend drove me to the hospital that night since I knew waiting until August for a neuro appt wouldn't be smart. I had experienced "episodes" similar to that since October, but typically never more than once a month. This was 3 episodes in a 36hr period.
Today is Sunday. I haven't left the hospital, but we now know the culprit. I have a small brain tumor that is blocking the drainage in one of my ventricles causing "water on the brain" aka hydrocephalus. They operate Tuesday morning to remove the pressure buildup caused by the hydrocephalus. They are going to redirect the CSF buildup first. The tumor is another issue to be addressed later but my docs say it's likely benign - but will likely need to be removed. Though nothing points to exactly what it is.
I wanted to let you know why I wasn't continuing runs. I literally feel terribly and no, I'm not conceited enough to feel like I let you down, but what I mean I had put so my mentally into starting a new path and everyone showed such great support, i wanted to finish strong. Reading my posts you'll see that im more moticated my a group goal than an individual one... Even though nurses kept saying I was in critical condition, I still would hop off the bed and walk around the floor- my vitals were transmitted wirelessly. now they just moved me into the "neuro step-down' unit... It's a grade of care lower than the ICU. So I'm "chained" to the bed with o2 sensors, telemetry pack, IVs and leg pumping calf massagers.... My ever strong husband snoozing by my bedside! (those cushy LazyBoy-esque long chairs are a dream!) the nurses aren't supposed to let him stay, but i loce my nurses and am SO HAPPY HE IS HERE TO HOLD MY HAND WHEN WE SLEEP...
I wanted to thank you all for your support to jump start my road to health. The encouragement I received after my first post floored me. I was so happy. I'm on that road to HealthyTown now more than ever ..... and I could really use your support again..
Cherish those runs. Nothing more I'd rather be doing on this dewy Sunday morning than jogging to clear my mind of all these 'what if's' I'm about to encounter.....
Be Strong.... You'll hear from me again soon.