How My Brain Surgery Affected My Confidence & Fitness

short hair after brain surgery

As mentioned in my previous post, this will be the last one in my brain surgery and recovery blog post series. Specifically, this is about confidence after a brain surgery and getting strong and healthy again.

Confidence after brain surgery

Right after surgery, I wasn’t really up for looking at myself in the mirror, partly because I didn’t want to face Frankenstein impersonated by yours truly, but also, because I was afraid I wouldn’t recognise myself. When I finally did look at myself, I did see me, but I also didn’t see me.

How Did I Recover At Home After Brain Surgery?

at ahome after brain surgery

I have written quite a few posts about my meningioma and brain surgery over the past months. If you are interested in this or are going through something similar, please have a read. I do hope that it’ll help you understand and possibly be less scared and more positive.

It’s been about 8 months and 2 weeks since the surgery and yes, it took me this long to digest and write about it. This is the penultimate post about it, unless I get a sudden brain wave of what I need to share or I get questions in the future that I haven’t answered.

I’ve tried to pinpoint things that stood out to me during my recovery over a 3-4 month period. After that, your body and brain start getting back to normal with some occasional kinks in the system.

My Week In the Hospital After Brain Surgery

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I stayed in the hospital for 9 more days after my brain surgery. Some doctor almost threw me out exactly a week after my brain surgery, but my body said no and I was given 2 more days. In average, they say it is between one week to 10 days, which does not seem like a whole lot of time considering someone just cut your brain open.

I covered my initial 24 hours after brain surgery in a previous post plunging into some detail about various things from eating and drinking to catheters. Really delightful.

Brain Tumour – Eve of Surgery and the Morning Before

Paperwork in hospital, evening before surgery

It’s time for another post about my brain surgery I had last September. Last time I wrote about how I prepared leading up to the surgery. This one is about the eve of the surgery and the morning before. I’ll try to keep it light, yet informative.

The surgery was scheduled for a Tuesday morning at 8am. This meant that I had to be admitted already the night before, so the staff could start with the preparations and have me ready to go as soon as possible. Thanks to private insurance giving me a private room (probably the only one on the floor). I would have not handled snoring and loud breathing very well in addition to everything else.

My Process and Preparation before Brain Surgery

Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end.

If you’ve been following my blog for the past couple of months, you’ll know that I had a benign brain tumour that had to be taken out via surgery. Naturally, there were some risks and open questions involved that had me in a right state of panic.

The panic came in waves, most likely because I hadn’t fully accepted what was happening and what would happen. I didn’t want to do too much googling as that can also have quite a negative effect on your mental state. I’ve done research that helped me understand all of the factual things (what does the pituitary gland do, where do the optic nerves sit etc.) but I also needed emotional support to prepare me for what was to come and for how it would be like after.

Here are the things I did to prepare/process/deal with the situation.