To Marystro from the flyer58 blog
I chose to have surgical removal for several reasons.
1) Yes, this is the primary Kaiser referral. After talking with some others that have gone thru AN treatment and looking in to the physicians, then and most of all talking with the physicians, I was comfortable with them and the surgical option.
2) I have been a nurse for 20+ years. Almost half of that was working in neuroscience. I have worked with some of the pioneers in neurosurgery like Shoki Yamada and Wolfe Kirsh. Dr Yamada was a poineer in aneurysm surgery and Dr Kirsh also, hence the development of Kirsh Clips used in treatment of aneurysm. I was at Loma Linda University when the Proton Generator was booted up and put to use and have seen many other forms of rediation therapy. I just am not as comfortable with these types of procedures as I am with neurosurgery. As long as the Doctors have a good rep and good track record, let then do their job. But believe me, I do not take lightly the opening of a head, especially mine. But having the background that I do, I feel good about my choice. The rest, i guess, is in the hands of a higher power.
3) It is my belief, and often my annoyance, that we have become way too dependent on medicine to care for us as individuals. Just count the number of drug commercials you see on TV in one nights viewing. I truly believe in a more holistic approach to most of the ills that plague us. But I also am proud to know that in this country we have physicians and surgeons andhospitals that can remove these little parasites that cause us grief, and do so with (hopefully) few residual problems. So Doctors, perform your skill, and may I have a tylenol, please?