My Initial Symptoms Before Brain Surgery

My initial symptoms were very strange. Over all, it was a feeling of abnormality, just being out of it and not myself. I knew something was wrong.

First it started with headaches. I didn’t think much of this since it’s not uncommon that I get them. Then I acquired chronic hiccups, which at first were not a big deal, but quickly grew to be the biggest pain ever. I remember sitting in class and just hiccupping the entire time. I also started to experience EXTREME sensitivity to lights and sounds. For example, I’d be in the bedroom and my fiance in the next room over. He’d have the volume very low set to three and I’d feel like it was just BLARING. This was terrible. Another symptom was dizziness.

While in the hospital, I lost the ability to swallow. I had to have a PEG (feeding tube) placed in my stomach in order to get nutrients.

Finally, when I went to the ER it was because I woke up and my face, hands, and feet were tingling like crazy and felt extremely hot. I knew something was definitely wrong then and this solidified it being time to go to the emergency room. I was rushed to the ER at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston, TX the night of February 2nd, 2012 and received amazing and quick care.

They took an emergency CT scan and could see something showing up in my brain.

Hi there. Let me introduce myself.

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a long, long time now but felt I never had enough time to dedicate to it as rightfully deserved. Well, the time is here and the time is now. I’m so excited to share my life with you.

A quick introduction about myself because we may or may not know each other just yet. My name is Christine and I’m from Houston, TX. I’m 24 years old. I’m a graduate student at the University of Houston studying Communication, just one semester away from graduating. i’m also in the midst of planning my wedding to an incredible man that I love with all of my heart. Our wedding date is 8-12-12 and our big day is almost here! For more on our love story, visit our wedding website. I am a social media junkie. You can find me on twitter at @xtineds. I love, love, love baseball and the Houston Astros. I’m also co-founder of the @AstrosTweeps online community. I attended Houston Community College and St. Edward’s University for my undergrad. I absolutely adore Austin, TX and Boston, MA. I grew up going to shows and loving bands like Copeland, Further Seems Forever, Anberlin, Cartel, Jimmy Eat World, Beloved, and UnderOath. My first job was a sales associate at the Houston Galleria’s Hot Topic. Trust me, for a 16 year old “emo girl” that was a dream first job! I’ve always had an affinity for people. I’m very social and absolutely love and thrive off the company and positive energy of others.

On February 10th, 2012, I underwent brain stem surgery for a very rare condition that affects only about .5% of the population. I was diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in my medullah oblongata which bled causing a bunch of terrible symptoms like chronic hiccups, dizziness, headaches, extreme sensitivity to light and sounds, and over all just horrible feelingness.

This is my story. I am so thrilled that you’re here to follow me on my road to recovery.Welcome, my readers. It’s so nice to meet you. Please feel free to leave a comment and share a little of your story with me. I’d love to learn more about you, too! :]

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