I was just in the ICU with Jodi and she’s doing very well considering she just had her second craniotomy in three weeks. She’s alert and seems to be doing well but keeps mumbling something about her head hurting…
They reopened her original incision and according to the doctor they believe the leak was occurring in some “air pockets” around the scull base which they sealed with “bone wax”, some fat taken from Jodi’s hip and some special glue. Because of the location they ended up not needing to use muscle from Jodi’s leg, which is good since we were warned that would be the worst part of the recovery. They have inserted a lumbar drain again but won’t use it unless they need to.
The plan is for Jodi to stay in the ICU until sometime tomorrow and if she is doing well then move her back to her original room in the Neuro Acute Care unit. If they have indeed stopped the leak and all looks good Jodi may be able to come home as soon as Friday. For some reason they don’t allow visitors in the ICU between 7pm and 8:30pm and despite my efforts to hide in Jodi’s room a big burly female nurse found me hiding behind the curtains and kicked me out. So... I’m typing this post from Starbucks and will go back in at 8:30pm to check on her again.