After weeks of headaches and a personality change, dad went into the doctor to get things checked out. Doctors found a tumor on his brain and scheduled him for biopsy and surgery to move as much of the tumor as possible.
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About two to three weeks before Christmas, Dad started getting bad headaches moving from the back of his neck, over the top of his head to his
forehead. Thinking it was nothing, he tried to sleep it off and take Excedrin. The next week, as mom was preparing for Christmas, dad started acting a little differently—not quite like himself. His normal alertness, focus and preciseness had changed and he now struggled with concentration, engaging in conversation and staying on task.
On Sunday, December 30, dad was trying to finish paperwork and could not finish the task. Mom insisted that he go to the emergency room to get tests done and figure out the problem. At the Orange City ER we saw a doctor and explained the symptoms. The doctor said that symptoms of headaches and personality changes are often related to brain cancer. He got a CAT scan in order to get a better look at the brain and see abnormalities. The results came back showing a mass, or a tumor on dad’s brain. After talking to a doctor, dad was rushed to Mercy/> Medical/> Center/>/> in Sioux City/>, IA/>/> by ambulance to the Neuro-Orthopedics Unit.
At Mercy/> Hospital/>/>, a neurosurgeon talked to mom, dad and I and explained the medical situation. There is a tumor in the front-center of dad’s brain, between the two hemispheres, as well as swelling on the brain. He could not tell whether the tumor was malignant or benign until he did a biopsy. So he scheduled surgery for Thursday afternoon to do a biopsy and then remove as much of the remaining tumor as possible.
After a day and a half of steroids, to reduce the swelling, dad started acting more like his usual self—able to carry on a conversation, able to focus and remember, as well as be more jovial. He and the family are patiently awaiting the surgery and are praying for God’s guiding hands and a miracle.