Good news–I guess? Is having a date to have my head opened a good thing? Jury’s still out on that one, but for me, my anxiety level, the fact that I’ve been cleared by a 3-specialist team, and the fact that I was given a much clearer M.O. on how the entire surgery will go down all make me feel comfortable, inasmuch as such a thing is possible when facing a surgical intervention of this nature.
Step 1 was only clarified this morning for me – I am to report for a blood draw, hopefully one whose results will be returned post-haste. Once my platelet count has reached the appropriate level, they will determine whether I can be cleared for surgery. If my platelet count is still low (and it needs to be at a high-level for neurosurgery), they will provide both a platelet transfusion as well as something else called auto-immune ITP, a medication with which I won’t bore you with details of mechanism, etc. it is just used in surgery to increase platelet counts.
Provided my platelets have risen appropriately, I’m to report for surgery Tuesday morning. At least I get a free haircut!
Anyone reading this, please turn your thoughts to my friend and founder of The Tristan Williams MS Foundation (TWMSF) and “The Road to You” support group, created with such vision and fierce resolve–Tristan Williams. All positivity to him today!