What I Learned from Brain Surgery
So this is actually a true title (you may insert joke here about not having anything to operate on). A year ago I had to have a tumor (benign) removed from my pituitary gland. Turns out having one is not a good thing as it gave me Cushing's Disease.
I won't go into details on the disease, other than that it causes a bunch of issues that long term will shorten your life — high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes…
What is really difficult is the recovery. Now this isn't one of those "I saw the light" blog posts, as I never thought I would die on the operating table, but the recovery was unlike anything I had ever gone through.
It's is like 8 months (for me, for others it can be longer) of waking up each day with some combination of exhaustion, weakness, arthritis, backache, nausea, depression, migraine, muscle soreness, congestion and plantar fasciitis.
So more than any other thing, it gives you time to think — some might say become bitter — and so I figured I would use this as an excuse to share thoughts on a variety of topics.
Don't worry. While you may need tissues, I promise a few laughs and even, perhaps, some posts that can help others who have gone through the above, or other debilitative physical and mental conditions.
I've always wanted to share my experiences — life, work — to prepare others for things that I was unaware of, so now I can add Brain Surgery to the list.
So keep on the lookout of "What I learned from Brain Surgery, Chapter 1" coming soon.
PS: If curious, they did not shave my head nor do I have a scar. They enter via your nose, so in my case, LOTS OF ROOM, then remove a couple of ''unnecessary" skull bones to reach the pituitary. However, it does wreck the inside of your nose, and decrease your sense of smell, which, while living in Sao Paulo, has been a plus.