For the last 14 months I’ve been suffering from a relatively obscure neurological condition called Trigeminal Neuralgia. I’ll skip the boring science-y bit and just assure you that having a misfiring nerve cluster is not ideal, especially when those nerves spiderweb pretty much across the whole of the right side of your face.As a consequence my blogging, as well as every other day to day activity, was sporadic, and as the months progressed, became increasingly impossible.
So it is with a head full of sunshine and a heart full of gratitude that I now declare the Dread Demon of Trigeminal Neuralgia well and truly exorcised. My surgery took place on Friday 13th June and was performed by a genius Neurosurgeon called Professor Andrew King. I was discharged from hospital two days later, despite the invasive nature of the surgery, which is pretty much concrete proof that vegetarianism really does make you superhuman, and I can’t quite believe how well I feel.
And today is a day worth sharing – I went for my first post op bike ride (slow and steady) and finally got to wash my hair (cautious and blissful) ; the staples, all 13 of them, were removed on Monday, and I will be cooking my first home cooked meal, Pizza with all the toppings, in honour of my lovely daughter’s return from a well earned break on the Pembrokeshire coast. She has proved an excellent nurse: capable, bossy and gratifyingly grossed out by my surgical wound.
I know this post is incredibly off topic, but it’s hard not to sing my heart out in every corner of my universe, and I’ve encountered a lot of kind, interested and warmly inclusive folks here amongst the blogs. I also want to reach out to anyone else stumbling under the burden of TN, caught between the fear of brain surgery and the desperate need to be free of pain – if you possibly can get that demon done good. As a consequence of all this excitement my blog will probably be mostly photographic for the next few weeks, many of the pics taken by my son, @archaeologystudent on instagram, but at least now, pain free, I will be able read, write about and share all the wonderful, winding paths that are found right beneath a writer’s feet. Anyone else noticed that it’s a really beautiful day?