Britney Kleikamp's Journal
Written Jun 17, 2013 10:28pm by Amanda KleikampBritney was flown via helicopter from DCH in Iron Mountain to St.Vincent Hospital in Green Bay Sunday night after suffering from headaches, extreme tiredness and vomiting. While in DCH they did a catscan to rule out "things" assuming it possibly could be migraines. When the catscan came back it showed she had a 4 x 3.5 centimeter tumor midline in her brain. She was immediately flown to St. Vincent hospital via helicopter. Before we arrived they had already taken Britney in for Emergency Surgery to put a shunt in to relieve the pressure on her brain. The surgeon said had he not flown her down and performed the procedure she would not be here with us today....At 8am Monday they had her stable enough to perform the MRI to try to determine what type of tumor it is. The surgeon again reminded us how very strong Britney is as he said the pressure Britney had in her head would normally cause the "average patient" to be in a coma!!! We will not have any results on what type of tumor it is or of it is cancer for 2 days to 2 weeks. She will need to recover from the first two brain surgeries before we can even consider treatment. The MRI did show the tumor has "tenticals" for a lack of a better word. On Monday at 2:00 pm Britney had her second brain surgery where they put the shunt under the skin and it runs down the right side of her head behind her ear, down her neck and chest to her abdomen so that the spinal fluid can drain into her abdomen and she doesn't need to be restricted to the bed and machine monitoring the brain pressure. Since they put the shunt under her skin she is a lot more receptive and the extreme pressure/pain is gone. The Surgeon said that the tumor is blocking the spinal fluid and surgery is NOT an option because of location (deep down). Britney's shunt will be in for life, they do not remove them. They can adjust pressure gauge with a magnetic tool should need be. Some of the Dr's from here actually come up to Iron Mountain to do treatments so we will be able to be home for the treatments once they determine what type of tumor it is and how they want to go able handling it.Last night they removed her catheter so she was able to get up with assistance and use the potty. It was slow and steady work but she did it!!! VERY HAPPY!! Dr. thinks she is neurologically intact which is amazing after all she has been through! Britney amazes us every minute through this ordeal as she has been such a fighter. We are very proud to call her our daughter and will be by her side throughout this ordeal and kick its ass! Mark has also been here throughout all of this and has been her rock! Thank you Mark for being such a strong partner throughout this and we love you like a son!They are hoping to get Britney into a regular room today or tomorrow and maybe be home by Thursday if she continues to progress the way she is! They said once they have a diagnosis it will be sometime before she can start treatment as her brain needs to recover from the first two surgeries.