Tuesday, Nov 2nd we found out that Eric had a 3 CM tumor in the brain. It was new since his last brain scan on September 8th. We were looking into Neurosurgeons when Friday Eric wasn't making any sense and wasn't finishing sentences. I called Kirkwood's nurse and she told me to take him to the ER. In the ER they determined that he should be careflighted from Dayton, OH to Pittsburgh, PA for emergency surgery. Saturday, Eric had a emergency craniotomy by Dr. Mintz in Pittsburgh. He is now home and doing well.
They said that he should have Gamma Knife Radiation to the tumor bed so we are seeing someone about that next Monday. I don't think Eric is going to be able to work anymore. He definitely can't drive due to loss of his peripheral vision. He sometimes gets confused about things. He was trying to turn up the radio in the car and was turning the 4x4 knob while I was driving down the highway. He also asked me when I put all the buttons on my steering wheel (they've always been there). I'm hoping that maybe this is normal 3 days after surgery and that as time goes on he will get better.
After Gamma Knife they said he should start Temodar. This is all very new to me. Eric's cancer has always been confined to his leg. I'm so scared. As many of you already know, it's so hard to watch someone you love go through so much.
If anyone has any advice on anything, I could use it. If we file for Social Security, he has a 5 month waiting period correct? and after that 5 months you do not get back pay for it, right?
Thanks for any help. JillNEric in OH