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Anyway, I'm all pro fundamental research, but who pays for a research where they are going to feed birds alcohol?
And it already kicks ass. Pretty sweet...
If you don't mind telling, what is her prognosis for recovery?
It's downright crap, to be honest. The doctors say that any brain stem function disabled by pressure to the brain should return after the crucial first 48 hours. Those passed. Now they say we're looking at months, possibly years, if ever....
Then, last Saturday, our lives changed. Probably forever. In the hospital, where she was admitted earlier that week to keep an eye on the baby, the tumor ruptured a small vessel and started leaking blood into the tumor which swelled up to twice its size. Then she, effectively, had a stroke from the excess blood in the brain stem. In a hurry, the baby was born through c-section (he's 30 weeks and it's a boy, he's doing fine) and Saturday night she had complex brain surgery which last 9 hours where they removed the blood and tumor which was pressing on the brain.
Last Sunday/Monday they slowly tried to wake her up but the CT scan shows all higher brain functions to work, but a small part of the brain stem shows no activity. She is locked-in which is a terrible thing to witness since she has virtually no control of any part of her body. She can't breathe on her own, and the only thing she can move, ever so slightly, are her lips, eye lids and eyes. And even that's not very steady. Blinking her eyes to answer questions tires her out enormously as she seems to have to work hard to control those.
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It's understandable, but then again, it really isn't.