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Apr 26, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place about Shannon's surgery and recovery. Almost a month ago, Shannon started experiencing double vision and overlapping vision. After ruling out all other possibilities, it was determined the issue was neurological, and an MRI needed to be done. The results showed what appeared to be a pituitary macroadenoma putting presure on the optic nerve and the 6th nerve of the right eye. After several hours of tests and visits at the University of Iowa, it came into question whether it is actually a mengianoma, which is just made up of different tissue. They are rarely cancerous, but needs to be removed in hopes of restoring vision in the right eye. They will not be able to remove the entire tumor as it is close to the coratid artery, and at the base of the brain. The main concerns after surgery will be controlling the level of spinal fluid (and not leaking spinal fluid) and bleeding. Surgery will be on Tuesday, with a stay of 3-5 days in the hospital, followed by a total of 6 weeks of restricted or no activity.