The countdown is certainly on.
Today I saw my neurologist for the first time since my new date was given. (The original date was 11/11/11).
It was question time for DBS, and Yon and I had lots of them!
Q When do I stop taking meds?
A The night before the operation, except for Sifrol, which stays in the system longer. Stop that the day before.
Q How long is the procedure?
A Part A (brain part), takes about 4 to 6 hours. (awake the whole time)
Part B (stimulater), takes about 45 minutes. (Asleep)
Q How long in hospital?
A 2 to 3 days.
Q What sort of stimulater is being used?
A You have 2 choices; one that needs its battery replaced (with surgery), every 3 to 5 years, or a rechargeable one which needs replacing every 7 + years.
I went for the rechargeable one. I'll recharge every couple of weeks while watching TV for an hour.
Q When can I drive?
A in 6 weeks.
Q how long til the stimulater is turned on?
A After 2 weeks.
Q How do you get those leads from my brain through my neck to connect to stimulater?
A Don't worry about it; you'll be asleep.
Yon had lots of questions about the schedule, as he has to go to work in the afternoon. It's the first week of the uni semester. At least it will keep his mind occupied.
Associate Professor Williams insisted that next Friday is going to be a lot of fun, and that he had lots of good jokes.
Fun for him, not sure about me....