Life After Brain Surgery: My Extra Parts

Tonight, my extra parts are bothering me. My experience left me with 2 metal plates, a shunt, and a tube that runs from the shunt in my head, down my neck, through my chest, and into my abdominal cavity. Each part has a name.

My head is now the land of Shuntsville. The shunt itself is named Sargeant McShunty. The scar on the top of my head where an area caved in a bit is named Shuntsville Canyon. The plate on top is Major Top Side. The plate on the left is Lieutenant Left Hand. And the tube is just Tubie.

Right now, and for much of the day, Lieutenant Left Hand has been aching. It didn’t help that I went to the beach on a windy day! Major Top Side acted up today as well. He doesn’t ever really bother me but for some reason today he decided to hurt. Every single day I wake up with pain and stiffness in my neck and the lower part of my head. But now it’s happening while I’m awake. It’s not a good night at all. The pain makes me feel nauseous.

But I keep reminding myself that this is part of the process. One day, apparently, I won’t even know I have the extra parts. Evidently some folks even forget what side their surgeries were on! Well I had 2 on one side and 1 on the other. And I doubt I will ever forget the experiences involved in all 3.

For now, meds and rest. Good night all.

~Kristen

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