Michelle made it through the surgery with flying colors!
The two neurosurgeons that performed the surgery said they achieved each of their objectives, without any complications. The primary goal was to coagulate or shrink the cerebral tonsils that were restricting the flow of Michelle’s cerebral spinal fluid; this restriction of CSF was the root cause of all of Michelle’s symptoms. Following the procedure, both surgeons confirmed that they were able to restore Michelle’s CSF flow to normal levels (probably to a level greater than she has ever experienced in her life). Great news!!!!!! They were also successful in creating a "patch" by harvesting a portion of Michelle's skull. This patch will help keep the cerebellum from falling down in the future.
We haven’t gotten in to see her yet, but will be allowed to visit her, one at a time, while she is in recovery. Michelle will remain there for the rest of the night and will be moved into the neurosurgery ICU, where she will stay for the next two days. Thursday morning she will be transferred one last time into a general room, and we hope that she will be fit to go home on either Saturday or Sunday.
The hard part for Michelle starts now, as she will be in considerable pain for the next four to five days. However, this pain will diminish with each passing day and with luck all of Michelle’s symptoms will be gone.
Thank you all for the love and support that you have given Michelle over the past few weeks. Your words filled her heart with joy and gave her the strength to endure the last few days, which were very difficult for her. I doubt if Michelle could’ve gone into surgery feeling more loved than she did. She is blessed with a wonderful support system and will need all of you during her recovery.
More to come, and thanks for staying tuned.