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Three months post surgery!

[Written yesterday, May 7th]

Today is a very normal feeling day, but it’s also a day to celebrate! It is three months after my brain surgery. Praise the Lord and thank you all for praying and walking with us in this journey.
Not a lot to update on, but a few things to praise the Lord for:
1) I have my energy back. The first two months were hard with napping often and not having the energy to do what I wanted to do. But this last month I have really felt almost normal. I still will nap maybe once or twice a week and I think I require a bit more sleep at night, but otherwise I feel good. A friend from work asked me today if I had residual effects from the surgery and I said requiring more sleep at night and forgetting random words. I used to forget random words before surgery, but it seems like it happens more these days. Stephen is really good at describing what I can’t explain or helping me remember a word. When S is not around and I’m in a group setting telling a story I do feel a bit more lost.
2) I have not had hardly any migraines or neck pain since those 5 days at the end of Feb/early March. I have had a few headaches here and there, including last night, when I had a migraine all night, which wasn’t fun. But last night’s migraine was maybe the second or third I’ve had since Feb, which is AMAZING for me! So praise the Lord. I saw Dr Abrams today for my “three month/return to work checkup” and she said she wants to know every time I have a migraine. So it worked well that I saw her today.
3) My head is healing well. As of this past Sunday, the scabs are finally all gone and my hair is finally starting to grow back, even in the bald patches! Dr Abrams says she still can’t explain my hair loss except for the fact that my body must have been more stressed than I realised. She reminded me today that, before surgery, I did ask her if I was going to die during surgery, so I may have been more stressed than I knew.
4) I get to go back to work this Friday May 10th. I am excited and a little bit nervous as it’s hard to go back after not working for 3+ months. I would appreciate prayers that I would not be too exhausted as well. My work has been very supportive and I know they will continue to be!
So my next MRI will be in June (three months from the one I had in early March) and then I’ll have another one in September and if everything is looking good Dr Abrams said we can go longer without having an MRI. I asked her about riding my bike, which she had originally said not for 6 months post surgery. She said that if it really brings me joy to ride my bike then yes, if I’m very careful, wear a helmet, use good judgment, and try not to land in the ED J So that made me happy. I love biking places in the summer! Just pray that no crazy drivers in Corvallis hit me!
In other news Stephens’s research is going very well and I really have enjoyed spending more time at home these past three months. Stephen and I took an alcohol ink class in April (every Wednesday for 3 weeks) which was very fun. We loved having Philip (Stephen's brother) here in April! He cooked us delicious food and was a great help! And I finished a bunch of online learning for work which felt really good. I didn't start on my CEN... Maybe this summer, we'll see. And we got out table from Oklahoma so we're very excited about that! On a sadder note, our piggies (Alistair and Harry) have been fighting so we had to separate them. We didn't want to buy a new cage, so S turned our fireplace we're not allowed to use ("not up to code") into a cage :)

On my walk to the hospital today for my appointment I was thanking God that I can walk, especially in these beautiful sunny spring days! We really are very thankful for all God has done!
S and I ate the Oregon State vrs Oklahoma State baseball game last Saturday

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