Monday, December 31, 2001

Homeward Bound

The doctor sends Kyla home for a few days. The surgery will be on Thursday the 3rd. Assuming nothing changes substantially, she won't go back to the hospital, until then. Her speech has returned to normal and her she really doesn't remember much of the first day in the hospital. We hope to find out the type of tumor and prognosis at that time. Now the waiting begins.

Saturday, December 29, 2001

A Trip to the ER

5:30 a.m.

Kyla has an unexpected seizure while sleeping and was taken by ambulance to the ER at McKenzie Willamette Hospital. A CAT scan showed a tumor in the left frontal temporal lobe which affected the speech processing area of her brain. She was sent to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene for an MRI which confirmed the diagnosis and admitted. Her neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Kokkino, put her on Decadron (a steroid) to reduce the swelling and Dilantin for seizure control. As the day progressed and the swelling in her brain went down, Kyla began to regain some speech and could stay awake a little longer.