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4cm in Pacific Northwest

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Re: Newly Diagnosed with Questions
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2008, 10:49:14 am »
RE Flights home after surgery

Well I had a nice big 4cm removed surgically removed and some post op CSF leaks plus swelling… 3 weeks later they druged me with Diamox and sent me on a plane home (Palto Alto CA to Portland OR) . SO yes - post treatment patients do fly. I was fine on the flight- I only really felt it on the 'descent' (ie coming in for the landing landing) … I was so loopy from the Diamox and percocet combined cocktail   :P they prescribed I think I was too drugged to notice.  :-\ We contacted the airline ahead of time and an attendant had a wheelchair there -waiting for us at both ends. They will even permit you to have a pick up car parked in the loading bay… (Our family van was ready with blankets and pillow as I lay in the back seat)

Both surgeons and airlines seemed well set up to transport post-op surgery patients. I recommend flying first class on the way home-  as those little perks just ease the trip.  However sadly I had to decline the included chardonnay and other bevies.  :D ;) ;D

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4cm Left, 08/22/07 R/S 11+ hr surgery Stanford U, Dr. Robert Jackler, Dr. Griffith Harsh, Canadian fellow Assist. Dr. Sumit Agrawal. SSD, 3/6 on HB facial scale, stick-on-eyeweight worked, 95% eye function@ 6 months. In neuromuscular facial retraining. Balance regained! Recent MRI -tumor receded!

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Re: Newly Diagnosed with Questions
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2008, 12:44:01 pm »
Steve I wish we got frequent flyer miles for every dollar spent, we would then have to fly to Palm Springs for a Vacation!  8)

The drugged post op patient with complications seems to be a theme.  I think they should have drugged the parents in our case.  It was an experience to say the least.  ;) 16
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lori67

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Re: Newly Diagnosed with Questions
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2008, 01:00:41 pm »
4 - I'm pretty sure your first class cocktail was a lot stiffer than what the other passengers up there were getting!

And 16 - you crack me up! What a great sense of humor you have.  Good thing, huh?   ;D

Now getting back to the question of flying - I didn't ask about it until about 4 weeks post-op, but my surgeon said it would be fine to fly.  On a plane.  I guess he didn't want me trying my Wonder Woman impression or something.  And I thought I had asked him to put those super hero powers in when he took the tumor out...  Just what you need - a brain surgeon who aspires to be a comedian.

Lori

Right 3cm AN diagnosed 1/2007.  Translab resection 2/20/07 by Dr. David Kaylie and Dr. Karl Hampf at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.  R side deafness, facial nerve paralysis.  Tarsorraphy and tear duct cauterization 5/2007.  BAHA implant 11/8/07. 7-12 nerve jump 9/26/08.

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Re: Newly Diagnosed with Questions
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2008, 04:25:19 pm »
Thanks Lori we could not have gotten through all of this without our sometimes morbid sense of humor.

I love a Neurosurgeon with a sense of humor they are usually so impersonal.  I hope you took his advice and did not try to fly on your own.  ;D 16
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