Barbara Woodall

First post: Oct 1, 2017 Latest post: Nov 22, 2017
Thank you for visiting! Here's the timeline:

On Tuesday (10/4), Scott, Alex, Andrew and I will head up the road to Baltimore, where we'll prepare to get to Johns Hopkins by 5 AM on Wednesday.  My operation should begin at 7 AM.  If all goes well, predictions are that it will last for 3-4 hours.  I'll probably spend Wednesday night in the Neurology ICU and then add two to three more nights in a regular room.  It would be really good not to visit me during this time.  I probably won't be at my best.  :)

We hope to return home this weekend (by Sunday 10/8). If you're interested in dropping off a meal, thank you! Packages can be left with the front desk of our building, 4550 North Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please sign up for a day here: . And if you have any questions please contact our good friend and fellow building resident Susan King at

Just in case a little background would be helpful:  On August 10, 2017, a CT scan at the Sibley Hospital ER showed a tumor in a nerve located between C1-C2 of my spinal cord.  The tumor is a Schwannoma, the kind of tumor to have if you're going to have one (quoting a doctor), because at least 95% of them are benign.

Through a lot of research, we determined that it would be best to have the tumor removed sooner rather than later and that Dr. Nicholas Theodore, Director of Spinal Neurology at Johns Hopkins, would be just the person to lead a team to do it.  We are all very hopeful that in 6-8 weeks I'll be back to normal (or at least to myself).  In fact, Dr. Theodore gave us a 95% chance that all would be well.

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