(Yes, adding this afterward…) Day of my surgery. Here’s what the surgeons and hospital call it: Awake left temporal stereotactic craniotomy with tractography for resection of temporal insular glioma.
The operation ended up taking about 12 hours I’ve been told. I know it was hard for my husband and my mom to wait in a small room for all that time. I certainly remember arriving at Moffitt early in the morning – still dark! I was quickly hooked up to a lot of meds with needles. And it did relax me a lot! I was then sent into the operation room, not very far away. I remember some chatting between all the people operating throughout the surgery. I guess Dr. Etame asked me questions before continuing, but I don’t remember that. I remember hearing some music he played before commencing on the surgery. I also remember asking for pain meds a few times when the staples were being added to my skull. That did hurt a lot!
Next thing I know, I was sent to the “wake up” area, where a nurse stopped by frequently asking me questions. Once I was more fully awake, I was brought to my room. My husband and mother showed up not too long after that. They stayed for a half hour, and I was given some more drugs to sleep well that night.