It was discovered in March 2015 that Edie had a meningioma tumor, which are typically benign, about the size of a ping-pong ball, in the right temporal lobe of her brain, just over her ear in the “skin” surrounding the brain.
An MRI was ordered (after Edie suffered episodes of vertigo) and the tumor was discovered. During the last many months, Edie has had several more MRIs, the latest of which shows swelling (edema) surrounding the tumor, signaling what could be a more aggressive tumor, hence the call for removal of the tumor / craniotomy surgery.
The good news is that the tumor is in the outer layers versus deep within the brain. The location, however, is next to the carotid artery and optic nerve and, thus, poses risks. Edie is scheduled for surgery on January 31st at 9 a.m. The surgery will last for approximately four hours, with a hospital stay (ICU and room) for 3-4 days.
After discharge, she will require three weeks of intense healing, which will demand a calm, quiet, sterile environment to reduce the risks of blood clots, infection, and seizures. Though we are certain to feel your love and prayers from afar, visitors at the hospital will be limited to immediate family only, and we are requesting no home visits until we are settled and send notification that Edie is ready to receive visitors.
We have set up this page on CaringBridge so that family and friends can check in to see Edie’s status; we will routinely post updates here. This will allow for her caregivers to better focus on her care versus answering phone calls, texts, and emails during this critical time. We are so very grateful for your support and prayers, and we humbly ask for your prayers to continue for Edie and those who are caring for her.