A nice break, at least!
This video was me a week after the operation, the calm was apparently linked to swelling on the brain.
It was absolute bliss! There were some other side effects that weren’t so pleasant, including headaches, a feeling of pressure, general doziness, pain around the actual operating sites and a host of other stuff that I can’t remember right now.
One of the more annoying side effects so far has been an absolutely insatiable appetite. No confirmation on whether it’s a definite side effect or not but it’s like the munchies – I can eat a full meal and then a few minutes later I am hungry again. Not just a little hungry either – I mean like insanely hungry, like I could eat a horse! (If I wasn’t a vagitarian)
So a run down of things since the operation:
Firstly I will say this: I was told by somebody who had already undergone the procedure before me that the buildup was worse than the actual operation – which was completely the case. I built myself up to it being incredibly scary, when in fact my only real memory is them putting the cannula in my arm for the anaesthetic and then nothing… I just woke up in a recovery side room. My memories are pretty hazy for the first day or so, I know that I was on oxygen but only realised when they took it away, and I was being pumped full of antibiotics and morphine.
The worst part was the first couple of days after the operation, I was in fairly constant discomfort. I was being fed plenty of oral morphine and other painkillers. I found it painful to lie on the back of my head so sleeping was a pain (literally and figuratively) and I felt very confused and out of sorts. I had a few scares and emergency scans/blood tests as well, that was genuinely terrifying! All was OK in the end though I was kept in for a few extra days monitoring because of the scares and after that I was discharged.
It’s been a fortnight now since the operation and the tics are starting to come back. It’s a bit unpleasant at times (to say the least) – when I hyper-extend I can feel the cable from the control unit moving under the skin – a feeling that I am not going to get used to any time soon! Also it’s only been a fortnight, so things are still healing. There is still a rather raw wound on my chest, and I’m still not allowed to touch my head wounds (infection risks etc). And as I mentioned, the tics are really beginning to come back now.
I am still a LOT calmer than I was this time three weeks ago, but no idea how long that will last.