This is after my initial admission at Georgetown. I had Thursday (which I spend half of at Hopkins) to Wednesday morning (when I checked in for surgery) at home. The kids had all been sniffly, so to avoid getting sick, we took turns wearing masks and everyone used lots of hand sanitizer. My hair was long!
This is in pre-op. If you're wondering how my husband was able to stand how incredibly sexy I look in this picture, the answer is self-control. :) The pre-op nurses are very kind and upbeat, but if you go the shaved head route, note that those little blue caps will not do much to keep your head warm, and it is COLD when you're used to having hair.
This is Ron, one of the best nurses ever, and I still have the drain in my head, so I know I'm still in the ICU and it must be pretty early on. Note the pink line of goop coming out the top right of my head- that's the drain. My neck is almost the same size as my head. Swelling is a good time :)
While the scar is healing nicely, and my hair is growing back, I will mention that is still HURTS back there. Not on an everyday basis, mind you, but my neck gets sore after "a spell" of laying any particular way, and laying flat on plastic is painful pretty quickly still. I realize that sounds like an odd complaint, but when you have a brain tumor, you get a lot of CT Scans and MRIs. My last MRI (I think I complained about it already) was incredibly long, and it really does get hard to focus on anything but the pain laying on the incision on plastic or four hours.