Archive for July, 2011

Another Year

Two years ago today I heard the word Chiari for the first time.  Two years ago I walked into my NP’s office bracing myself for a possible diagnosis of multiple sclerosis; I walked out stunned, confused, anxious and scared.  I needed more information but was afraid to find out more at the same time.  Afraid of what could lay ahead.

I’ve come a long way in the past two years.  A successful decompression surgery, a brand new baby and a slowly growing business.  Life is crazy busy but it’s good.  I’m grateful to have the craziness and to feel well.

We found out a couple of months ago that I have a cyst in my sinus cavity.  I had a nasty sinus infection just before the baby was born — my guess is that the antibiotics I took didn’t completely clear the “junk” out, causing the cyst.  Just after delivery I started having some random headaches again as well.  I’m wondering if the cyst is what is causing them.  The doctor has offered surgery as a possible solution but can’t guarantee it will solve the problem.  Right now his prognosis is 50:50. 

I’m still on the fence about surgery.  I’d love to be headache free again but don’t know if a 50% chance of relief is worth having surgery for.  When we were faced with those odds regarding my brain surgery I didn’t think much about it.  I knew I had to try it.  But in this case I just don’t know.


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