Dec 20, 2017 Latest post:
May 15, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Perri is home now. She has a wonderful helper, Amy. She is undergoing home PT and OT. Her five week stay at hospitals especially Virginia Hospital Center, got her to the road to along recovery. Each day has progress.
Perri had a serious fall out foxhunting on 12/17, and she was unconscious for 45 seconds. Mattie is fine, but Perri's use of her left leg has been almost nonexistent. She has no pain and is eating but can't get out of bed yet. The MRI revealed no damage to the spine. She was admitted Virginia Hospital Center's Acute Rehabilitation Facility where she had 3 hours of Physical and Occupational therapy a day.
During her time rehabbing at VHC she had a CAT scan with contrast done on her brain. This revealed that she had two meningioma tumors on her brain. These are nonmalignant slow-growing tumors which have probably been there for many years. The doctors recommended surgery to remove the tumors and relieve the pressure they are putting on her brain which they believe is causing the difficulty in her movement on the left side.
Perri had a successful surgery on 1/3 with Dr. Joe Watson at INOVA Fairfax hospital for the removal of the meningiomas. Dr. Watson was able to remove the three tumors he planned on removing, and an additional small tumor that he discovered when he went in. Dr. Watson was very pleased with how the surgery went and is checking her out of INOVA! She will be continuing her recovery back at Virginia Hospital Center's acute rehab center to strengthen her left side.
Please read the journal entries below to be kept abreast of her diagnosis/progress/recovery. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Additionally, have an active “ways to help” section where, if you click on the “planner” feature, you can see a calendar of tasks we would love support on. Thank you for visiting.