Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Surgery went well guys!

Surgery went as planned. It's been just over a week since I had surgery and I am almost at 100%. The photo above is me and my beautiful GF waiting at admissions at 4:00am in the morning. She made this poster for everyone to sign and I love it. What was initially thought to be an enlarged pituitary gland ended up being a Rathke Cleft Cyst, which shows us exactly the same as an enlarged pituitary gland on an MRI and basically gives the same symptoms.

The only problems I have now are the fact that since they operated through my nose, I cannot breathe at all with my nose, which forces me to breathe through my mouth only causing severe dry throat. Occasionally the blood will go down my throat too, which hinders my sleep at night as I wake up every 30-45 minutes to either drink water or cough up blood. Doctor is not allowing me to go back to work OR school, which is the sad part since I planned on graduating with my B.S. this semester. Health is better anyways. I like to thank you all for your prayers and kind words. I cannot thank you guys enough for keeping me in your prayers.

Am I in Heaven? I awoke to an angel! ;D My GF is also a nursing student and this gave her an opportunity to take care of me during my 2 night stay at the hospital
Even my little brother came by and signed my poster. He goes to school at UCLA which is walking distance from UCLA Medical Center
Lastly, today I went fishing. I know I'm not supposed to but some rules had to be broken i.e. driving and activities that need you to bend down and lift. Maybe I should listen because sometimes I still feel sluggish.

Rod: Jackall Poison Heritage VCM-CAST68 HC-68MRG
Reel: Shimano Curado 200 E5
Lure: Jackall Squad Minnow 80 Half Mirrow Hasu


  1. Glad to hear you got through your surgery and are doing well. I don't condone the fishing against doctor's orders, but I definitely understand that sometimes the draw is too great. Especially when you catch lunkers like that!

    Stay well and rest up. We all look forward to your adventures this summer.

  2. Glad to hear it went well! Get rested for the spring fishing season

  3. Good News Ariel, I'm glad you're OK. You were lucky my friend, when I had my brain surgery they took off the top of my skull, removed 90% of my tumor and then put my lid back on after radiating it first. I literally have a titanium screw still there they used to make sure it stayed in place until the bone could grow back together. I know, sounds morbid, but it worked and I'm still here kickin and fishin. Take care....I know, I need to update my fishing blog too. I'm still thinking about what to write about that others will find informative and interesting. Tight Lines Ariel.

  4. Well I'm glad you're okay now David. They also found a cyst inside my brain that needs monitoring yearly. I might be in your boat if it grows. Complete different type of surgery. I hope mine doesn't grow.

  5. Hey, thrilled that it went well! Tight lines!


  7. Good to hear things went well. Hope you are 100% soon.


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