Brain Surgery · Faith · Grandpa

“It’s Not Like It’s Brain Surgery…”

…unless it is.

This blog is not about me.  It’s not about Ben.  And, no, it’s not even about Georgie.  Luckily for me, I’ve kind of gathered a bit of a following with these blogs. It wasn’t the original intention, but it happened.  The support I’ve received in person, through private messages, and (most importantly) through others’ personal prayer on my behalf to God has been life changing.

And because of that last one, I’m going to use this new “blogging platform of mine” to ask a request of all the faithful who have been following:

Please pray for my Dad.

Mom and Dad looking fancy at our wedding nearly 4 years ago!

On Tuesday, September 4th, my dad will undergo Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery with the intention to reduce his extremely debilitating essential tremor.  This is not the first (or seemingly most intense of) medical issue(s) that my dad has been challenged by (2005-ish: Emergency Thoracotomy; 2015: Stem Cell Transplant).  The Emergency Thoracotomy was life threatening and scary, but occurred as a result of what was supposed to be a routine surgery.  The Stem Cell Transplant, while an extremely trying process including multiple weeks in the hospital, chemo, etc.., was not really life threatening (At least, I wasn’t told it was!).  Brain surgery on the other hand… a little scarier. 530e9c97ed7a3e96831b5a77bd3ca664--brain-surgery-chiari-malformation-quotes

What is DBS?   In short (Ha! Can one quickly describe brain surgery?), my dad will undergo a several hour surgery during which he will be both awake and asleep (multiple times).  A neurosurgeon will place electrodes (and a wire) in the exact neurological location on one side of his brain to “deaden” the essential tremor on the opposite side of his body.  One week later, an additional surgery will connect the wire to a then added transmitter in his clavicle.   Finally, one additional week later… Dad goes back to officially activate the electrodes and transmitter; getting his life back… at least in one hand.

If this first surgery is a success, the entire process will be repeated in 6-12 months on the other side of his brain to give him control of his other hand.

We are super excited about this opportunity, however, DBS does come with some risks.  I mean, it’s BRAIN SURGERY.  As a family, we are beyond blessed to have FINALLY found that this option (which we joked about months ago) is both available medically and officially now scheduled to increase my dad’s quality of life.  Currently, his essential tremor is so debilitating that he is unable to use his hands for even the simplest of tasks (eating, drinking, driving… confidently holding his grandsons…)  The odds of this surgery increasing his quality of life are very good.  The risks involved, while present, are more than worth it for the chance to go out to eat again, type a text message, or drive himself to his favorite “retirement job.”

My dad and one of his best friends, “T.O.” during the process of “Stem Cell Harvesting.”

My dad has been given a rough hand medically over the last several years, but his faith has remained strong no matter what life has thrown at him.  He’s been the strongest example of Christian faith, hope, and trust in the Lord.  While I did not ask him permission to blog about his current situation, I’m sure he would welcome the hundreds of additional prayers a simple blog post could lend.  I mean, (along with the talented medical professionals and scientific equipment) prayers certainly helped my own situation.

Strength for Today, and Bright Hope for Tomorrow.  



5 thoughts on ““It’s Not Like It’s Brain Surgery…”

  1. Our prayers continue for your family. Your parents are two of the most beautiful, positive people I know. So….sending positive thoughts. 😙😙


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