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Re: [IPk] Latest news after my brain operation



Hello John

Not driving is a pain.  I'm not driving at the moment.  My choice I suppose
but I am not confident about my control.

Public transport seems to take so much longer but the extra walking has
improved my fitness.  Are you working at the moment and will not driving be a
problem for work?

All the best

Heather

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From: Jackie Jacombs
Sent: 22 October 2002 00:03
To: email @ redacted
Subject: RE: [IPk] Latest news after my brain operation

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Hi John


Good to see you back on the list.  I am sorry to hear about the epilepsy and
the driving;-((((  I hope that there will be a further recovery and you
short term memory improves.

Anyway Great to see you back.


Jackie
Mum of Sasha

> Hi everyone -
>
> Well, before you forget who I ever was... I finally got out of hospital
> last week, 6 weeks after I was admitted with strong headaches,
> which turned
> out to be caused by a large brain tumour. They finally cut my head open,
> took out the tumour and packed me off to a rehabilitation clinic where
> after 3 weeks I was finally allowed home.
>
> My health is now much better. Sadly I now officially have epilepsy having
> had a major fit shortly after the op. So I can't drive, and I can't ride a
> bike on the public highway either under German law which I will find very
> restrictive. There we are. I will be checked in 6 months to see if the
> epilepsy is still there. And I have some short term memory loss - which I
> gather is quite normal as you age. I managed to ring my sister
> for a chat -
> only to discover I'd rung her an hour earlier for a chat!!! And I have a
> stupendous scar across my scalp from left ear to right eyebrow: I shall
> need patience waiting for the hair to regrow over the scar.
>
> On the diabetes/pump front, the clinic took me off my pump as they weren't
> experienced with its use. Since my life was in their hands, I was happy to
> do what they wanted. After a week I was put onto one of these intravenous
> drip thingies, which delivers insulin directly into a vein. I started
> fiddling with the settings as I was convinced it wasn't set properly. This
> alarmed the staff greatly, who promptly disconnected me and put me back on
> injections. Shucks.
>
> In the meantime, my 507 pump - no longer being used - packed up and has
> been sent in for repairs, and MiniMed jumped in with a replacement 508,
> which I am now using on a free 2 month trial. I've also seen the local
> Disetronic rep, who showed me the new DTRON-plus which looks fairly
> impressive. I will try that when the MiniMed pump trial runs out.
>
> In the meantime I'm mooching around at home - my wife is away a lot with
> her work, and I have to care for our 2 year old son...
>
> Best wishes -
>
> John
>
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