This deep brain stimulation surgery sure has been an interesting ride. We were prepared for the annoyances of having to fast the night before and the drinking cutoff time. Pain is generally part of the deal when someone is cutting into you so we knew to expect that as well, although the hernia surgery was far worse in that respect.
What we were not prepared for were interesting story lines involving a nurse wanting to give my husband a lethal injection and a hostage situation in the ER. Don’t worry. None of that was real.
The electrode implantation portion of the surgery required a hospital stay for my husband. On the morning after the surgery, I woke up to text messages. “SOS,” and “If I (gibberish) it won’t be an accident.” I didn’t know what to make of that. When I arrived at the hospital later that morning, my husband was very upset and agitated. It took most of the day to find out he thought he heard a nurse talking about killing him. It took the rest of the day to convince him that didn’t happen. A very loud argument between a visitor and nurses that necessitated calling security didn’t help.
After two nights in the hospital, we were finally on our way home when he developed a bad headache and was sick. We were sent to the ER to make sure there wasn’t bleeding in his brain. While we waited 7 hours to find out if he would be admitted or released, a young woman was brought in by her family. She began screaming that she was not going to stay in the hospital. Security was called. It was quite the scene.
Apparently the postoperative psychosis or whatever was the cause wasn’t over yet. My husband thought there was a hostage situation in the ER. The good thing is that in spite of his altered state, he was able to pass the neurological testing – knew who he was, where he was. Since he wasn’t completely out of touch with reality, I was able to calm him down.
The story has a happy ending. The CAT scan was fine, there have been no further episodes, and we were back home by 4 am.
We still don’t know if the delusions were caused by the anesthesia, a result of them poking electrodes in his brain, or both. I suspect we’ll never find out why that happened. In any case, tomorrow they implant the battery/generator in his chest and the worst of this will be behind us.