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Brain Surgery: How Did You Feel Right Before?

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Patti recalls how she felt immediately before surgery to correct her cerebrospinal fluid leak (CFL).

One of my most memorable experiences about my surgery and my stay at Barrows and the difference of the level of care came forward when I was wheeled into surgery.

My family and my friends are behind me as I am being wheeled into the operating room and just as we approached that, the doors open up and everybody – all of the surgeons and the nurses and everyone who was involved in the surgery comes out – probably 17 people as I remember, and they all welcomed me. They all said, “You are going to feel so much better after we care for you.” That was a relief to me that, at that point I felt like, you know, I am going to get the attention I needed, feel better.

I didn’t have time to really worry about the surgery and what I was going to experience at that point. It was that I was going to feel better because they made me feel that way. They made me feel that things were going to be taken care of.

You know, it’s not every day that you hear of somebody having brain surgery. I certainly don’t have a friend that I know of that’s experienced brain surgery, and although it sounds very serious, and it is a serious surgery, the actual surgery isn’t painful. It’s more about getting things handled and then the recovery. That’s, that’s the hardest thing about brain surgery.

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