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Feb 14, 2018 Latest post:
Mar 14, 2018
On the evening of September 22, 2017, Judy was driving home from work when she blacked out. Her car left the road and hit a tree. She was found dazed and confused and was taken to Marshfield Hospital with multiple bruises and broken ribs.
The next day an MRI revealed a brain tumor about ½ the size of a golf ball. She would have surgery on 9/29. The tumor and surgery left her with some balance, eyesight and memory issues including a gap in memory around the accident. She would spend several days in the hospital then transfer to the Clark County Health Care facility to continue her recovery. This is the same facility where our Mom currently is a resident, and the two kept each other’s spirits up.
She was released in late October and cleared to go home to her apartment. In mid-December she resumed her part-time job at the Health Care Center and was looking forward to being able to drive again and perhaps be cleared for her work as a driver for the county medical transportation which she greatly enjoys.
The initial pathology of the tumor was that it was an exceptionally slow growing grade 1 glioma tumor and had perhaps been present for decades. This meant that there was little or no concern about it returning. But with growing eyesight and other issues in January, concern returned.
The results of a follow-up MRI were discussed on January 29 and were not what everyone was expecting. The tumor had returned and is about twice the size of the original and is now a grade 3 or 4. Options are being discussed including radiation, chemo and another surgery. In follow-up consultations surgery was recommended, though the second surgery would be more difficult and could not be performed at Marshfield. On February 9th the choices were narrowed, and Madison was chosen.
As of this post Judy is awaiting the consultation in Madison with the medical team. It is not yet finalized that they will do the surgery. A full 6 week regimen of radiation with chemo is also being considered.
We will relay any thoughts and prayers on to Judy. As of right now she doesn’t have access to this blog or other social media sites.
Thank you for your concern, prayers and warm wishes.