Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Arrrr! We're Going Home Mateys!

Here's some good news to go with our pirate picture. Ben will be heading home this afternoon. He so excited by this news that he's taking a nap.

He still has a pretty good headache, and is wore out, but the surgeon (Dr. Kestle) and I and Ben all think we can go home now. He is having a little double vision, hence the eye patch, which is totally normal. His brain is still swollen and pushing on some optic nerves. It's not too bad, and Ben only wears the eye patch when I make him.

Another (pineapple) tid-bit I thought I'd pass along is that Dr. Kestle told us that if Ben has any seizures in the next 3-4 weeks, they "don't count." I guess brain surgery for any reason leaves you more susceptible to seizures until the brain heals. (He has not had any seizures since surgery.)

The neuro-psychologist also stopped by and ran some memory test, which showed Ben's memory is about where it was before the surgery. He also recommended a 2-3 week break from school, and said that not rushing back to school would be best in the long run. Dang! I thought I was going to send him out on the school bus tomorrow at 8 am!

The nurse practitioner just stopped by and mentioned that Dr. Kestle rearranged his schedule on Friday to fit Ben's surgery in. If they had not done it that day, I'd imagine it wouldn't have happened till today, since it was a three day weekend. So, thank-you Dr. Kestle!
Again, thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, meals, candy, balloons and diet coke. You're all awesome!


  1. No seizures post surgery. AMAZING! That seems pretty promising to me. :)

  2. That's awesome, I can imagine you are all super excited to get home!!

  3. YAY for coming home, but now you have to keep up with the hospital and make him bacon and sausage for breakfast:)

  4. We're so glad for Ben. I'm sure Davy will be running over as soon as he can.

  5. Hooray! Home makes everything a million times easier to deal with! I can't believe he is doing so well! Please let us know if you need anything! Love to all of you!