|My view from my room in St Vincents Hospital|
I had radiation therapy in October to get rid of the last of the tumour (or at least arrest it’s renewed growth). That went perfect. I went to the Radiologist last Wednesday (Jan 21) for a three month check-up. He asked all the usual questions. All good. Then he said, “Anything else to report?” I told him there was a little leakage from the wound over the past month. He had a look and was truly surprised. “That’s not good, Dave. I’m not going to lie to you. It’s clear. Could be CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid) and that is not good.” Leaking CSF can cause meningitis… often a death sentence. He wrote an Email to the Surgeon right then and asked me to watch. He was very serious. I love Mike Daly. Google him, you will too!
Neither did the CT Scan from last Friday.
But the fluid and hole in the scar were very evident.
He told me it was not CSF and there is no leak.
He said, there was dead tissue between my skull and the scar. The tissue had been breaking down into fluid and looking for way out. So, it made a way through the scar. The dead tissue-become-fluid was most likely tissue killed by the radiation in October, slowly desolving.* They removed all the dead tissue, moved a bit of muscle in my head to strengthen the wound and sewed me up. They sent a sample of the fluid to the lab to have it analysed. And so, when the lab results come back in, they will tell me all about it.
He said my leg was still intact because they didn’t need to use it.
Thanks for your prayers, Peeps. You rock my world!
*The primary Neurosurgeon Paul Smith saw me on Saturday and explained the fluid was actually dissolving bone from the reconstructed area. He said they removed all foreign matter (titanium plates, bone concrete) and replaced it with muscle tissue from my neck. They concluded that my body was rejecting the foreign substances. So, now, it's only me in my head!