Thursday, April 2, 2009 - We had to take Erin back to the hospital!

Over the weekend, Erin started to get very sick. It was the same kind of headache she had been having over the last month. I called the neurosurgeon and he said to watch her real close and if she got worse to bring her to the ER. That was on Sunday.

Monday, March 30th she was crying with such intensity. I decided to take her to PCMC. On the way she got so she wouldn't respond. I could tell she was breathing and her heart was breathing but that was it.

I called 911 from my cell phone. They told me to pull over. An ambulance met us by exit #288 on the freeway and took her lights and sirens to the hospital. I sent my son Ted on the ambulance with Erin and I followed behind in my car. I was so glad Ted was with us or I would have left my car on the side of the freeway and rode with Erin in the ambulance.

We got Erin to the hospital and did another CT scan. The fluid was building up AGAIN! So another surgery was needed. They put another EVD (exterior ventricular drain) in. The nurse at the ER told me she could have come life flight since she her heart rate was dropping so rapidly. It was scary!

On Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Erin went to surgery again. This time to take the drain out and put in a shunt. We were told that Erin had hydrocephalus. A shunt was at this point necessary. People with hydrocephalus have abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, or cavities, of the brain. This caused increased pressure inside her, which was responsible for the intense headaches and vomiting.

The surgery went well. They observed her for 24 hours and did another CT scan to make sure her CSF level was good.

Finally, Thursday, April 2, 2009 we got to come home. After being at the hospital most of March, we are so glad to be home. Erin has a follow-up appointment with Dr. Walker April 14, 2009.