Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Jodi is doing well
This is Tolan. It was a long day at the hospital. Jodi seems to be doing pretty well. She’s coherent and seems mentally sharp and aware of what’s going on but in serious pain as expected right after a major brain surgery. She didn’t want to talk much so we mostly sat in silence. I suspect she won’t want visitors for a day or two until she recovers a bit more.
She has facial paralysis (palsy) on the right side of her face which impacts all her facial muscles on the right side. Dr. Shelton believes it will likely last weeks or months (rather than a few days) as nerves tend to repair slowly but he did mention that the facial nerve looked good during the surgery and he believes it will improve eventually. She also has some diminished hearing in her right ear which Dr. Shelton believes will improve in a few days. Dr. Couldwell said they were able to remove most of the tumor and once the pathology comes back in a couple days we will know more. That’s about all we know at this point.
I thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received. The response has been amazing. We’re blessed to have such great friends and family.