I was released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon after a successful surgery the Thursday previous (February 24th). My neurosurgeon determined that the cause of my mind-splitting headaches was a build-up of fluid inside my skull caused by the original injury and decided to perform a procedure to drain this fluid and reduce the pressure it was causing.

This was all fine and good, but I must tell you that the sensation of having someone apply a power drill to your skull while you are still awake is one of the most bizarre things I have ever experienced. For my trouble, I now have several new scars, a very strange haircut (they had to shave a lot of my head to get to where they needed to go with the surgery) and a couple more Burr holes through my skull. — As you might have gathered, the procedure was done under local anesthetic. I was not unconscious, and talked to the surgeons as it proceeded, to let them know what I was experiencing.

The good news is, the headaches are gone. I have not had any of the very intense and aggravating headaches from before since this procedure. For that reason, alone, I consider it a tremendous success.

So tomorrow I will likely return to my out-patient therapy to work on balance and memory-loss. I have to say, this is one of the most bizarre experiences I have ever undergone. Much worse than the car vs. bicycle accident when I was a kid — although that was no fun, either. Let me tell you.

I don’t have any pictures, but of you Google on ‘Burr hole’ you’ll get lots of information and some rather startling pictures on what the procedure was like. Just cut and paste my face over the poor guy you pull from the Google Images archive.

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