Greetings all. It is good to be home.
We scheduled our trip to allow for 11 days of quarantine upon arrival in Solothurn, but now such quarantine is not required. We left Solothurn the Sunday after the Friday clinic schedule and didn’t fly home from Zürich until Thursday, which made the whole trip too long -- to be away from our dog, Margaret, with 16 days in Solothurn ($1171) and 4 days in Zürich ($1064.)
Any the report now of the results of the 2nd PTT procedure is premature because, as they (Dr. J (who, by the way, is phasing into retirement,) and Dr. Gallay) explained, which I believe to be true, it will take several months for my brain to figure out exactly how to compensate for two neuronal pathways being blocked. My one month post-op report will be more valuable than this one and more valuable still will be the 3 month report.
That said, my observations thus far is that the 1st procedure feels like it had more dramatic effect more broadly, my right hand still tremors intermittently, but 80% less and can be stopped at will. My gait initiation is improved by about 50%, as has turning over in bed and the right side of my body is 90% free of rigidity and stiffness.
Constipation has so far been unaffected, (boo-hoo,) my voice is somewhat softer, my speech slightly impaired, but undetectable to others, and I have slightly worse balance which I had postop the 1st time. Then, I was leaning forward and this time am leaning forward and/or to the right. After the 1st procedure, it took about 2 weeks for the balance and the other issues to fade and I expect the same this time.
After they took the bracket off my head, it was quite painful, which did not happen after the 1st procedure. Enough so that I needed an I V drip some kind of pain blocker, which I got after I was wheeled over to the hospital.
I feel funny, though, like I've used up all prospective interventions and am on my own now. Oh well.
PS Was great fun to see you again Jan Vandromme.