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Howdy family and friends...
Dad had a slow speed car accident on Monday (10/27). He crashed on his own street into a parked truck. He collapsed on the street after getting out of the car after the accident. His "trauma" injuries include a cut across his nose which required 8 stitches. He also has a case of whiplash which is causing him to have to wear a neck brace. Maybe from now on, dad will wear a seatbelt!
They took dad to Valley Medical Center because it is the local trauma hospital. They are exceptional at dealing with trauma! While being checked out in the trauma center, they did scans of his head and neck. As it turns out, this trauma resulted in a very huge diagnostic event for dad!
During the scans, they found a mass/lesion/tumor in the back of dad's head. They also found that dad had some calcification around his spinal cord in his neck. This effectively narrows the spinal column in which his spinal cord is contained. The whiplash from the car accident is causing some nerve complications for dad. As he recovers from the whiplash, the nerve complications should subside.
As for the lesion/mass/tumor.... Dad is scheduled for surgery either Friday or Monday to remove the mass. The doctors, while reserving the right to be wrong, think that this mass is a meningioma. Once removed, they will biopsy it and that will help determine the course of events going forward.
Dad is in an ICU unit now and until his surgery. He will be in that same ICU unit after the surgery. I tell you this because, if you want to send flowers, they do not allow flowers in the ICU. Please wait until dad comes home where he can enjoy your flowers!