My First Follow Up Visit After Brain Surgery

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The incredible Dr. Arthur Day of Hosuton, TX

The incredible Dr. Arthur Day of Houston, TX. The man I owe my life, too. Another one of my heroes.

Yesterday, I had my two week follow up visit with my incredible neuro surgeon, Dr. Day, at Memorial Hermann Hospital. By the way, let me take a moment to introduce you to the incredible man who saved my brain and my life. He is absolutely brilliant, has the most skilled of hands, and his demeanor and bedside manner are incomparable. He was amazing through out everything. He takes the time to explain everything in terms, so that you understand what the heck is going on. I felt at ease with him through out everything. I thank God for being able to have Dr. Day as the Dr. who performed my brain surgery.

I’m happy to inform you that my follow up visit went very well! I like to think I impressed the socks off Dr. Day because in all honesty, I’ve made a lot of progress in such a short time, for example, rehabilitating myself in order to eat foods again, teaching myself to swallow, etc.

My Brain Surgery Scar

My Brain Surgery Scar w/ stitches

Dr. Day removed my stitches. I have a photo of my scar with the stitches. It’s pretty gruesome but I am going to go ahead and share it here. I apologize in advance if it makes your stomach curl but I believe it’s a big testament to the seriousness of what I’ve been through and I want to share it as a part of my story. Plus, it makes me look like a total bad ass and I’ll take all the street cred I can get. Kidding! Here’s the thumbnail view, you can click in order to see it in higher resolution.

The next big news is that getting my feeding tube is well under way. I got okay from the Dr. We’re still waiting to see if I need to be tested before or if they can just take it out. We’re calling the GI Dr. first thing this morning. I am SO eager to get this thing out of me.

The best news out of the visit was that TODAY is the day I can wash my hair! I have not washed my hair in over a month and it is DISGUSTING. I’ve got each and every rocker, dirty haired, hipster kid beat, I bet you anything. Not even people on Warped Tour go a month without washing their hair. It’s nasty.

Over all, a great follow up. This was the first time since meeting my Dr. that I wasn’t in a hospital, bed ridden.It was wonderful to actually see him, talk to him, and shake his hand. It meant a lot to me.

My next visit is scheduled in four weeks on March 26th. I will also be having an MRI done that day. I pray that it comes back looking good and everything being gone from my brain. Well, except my smarts and amazing personality. 😉 I’m looking forward to that appointment and all that I will accomplish before then.

Thanks everybody for your continued love and support. Especially, with the Houston Heroes project. I appreciate everybody sending emails to and tweeting @RadioRoulafor me. It has meant the world! I truly hope they choose me and help me out. Everyone keep contacting them and let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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6 Comments on My First Follow Up Visit After Brain Surgery

  1. Marty Ugarte
    February 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM (6 years ago)

    You are so blessed to have received the best medical care possible. I will continue to pray for a full & quick recovery process.

    Marty (coworker & friend of your dad)

    • xtine danielle
      February 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM (6 years ago)

      Thank you, Marty!! I appreciate all the prayers & support. Thank you most f all for being there for my Dad through all of this.

  2. Julie
    February 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM (6 years ago)

    Lol @ “everything gone from my brain.” I know what you meant, it just sounds funny! And that’s one gnarly scar. You are totally a bad ass now!

    • xtine danielle
      February 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM (6 years ago)

      Haha thanks, Julie. Opie says I’ve earned my East side cred because of my scar! LOL

  3. petit4chocolatier
    February 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM (5 years ago)

    Danielle, you are a beautiful girl and your blog has your kindness throughout it. I read this post and thought how lucky we all are to have had you touch our lives. I will be thinking of you and a speedy recovery. I believe in my heart that wonderful things will happen for you! {{Hugs}} ~ from a mom of grown children! Kindly, judy

    • xtine danielle
      February 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM (5 years ago)

      Hi Judy,

      Thank you so much for your comment. Truly means so much to me. I will treasure your kind words! My recovery has gone very, very well and I feel back to my normal self again. 🙂 It’s been quite the journey but with wonderful supporters like you — anything is possible!

      — Christine


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