Forrest has been developing another complication over the last few weeks. With MRIs we have been tracking the increasing volume of CSF in and around his brain. The most recent MRI confirms that the large volume of CSF is beginning to have a dangerous impact on his brain. We have been meeting with the top TBI neurosurgeons in the country and are confident that their plan will prevent further damage and give Forrest the fighting chance he so desperately needs.
Tomorrow at Washington Hospital center, he will have an operation to place a ventricular shunt into the brain ventricles with a tiny programable pump that will slowly and continuously drain the extra CSF away from his brain. We are hopeful that this procedure will lessen many of his most difficult symptoms and allow him to regain his recovery and reclaim his life. He will remain in Neuro ICU over the week-end and hopefully be back at NRH Monday.
Once he recovers from this surgery (his fourth) he will have another 4-6 weeks of therapy before he can be medically cleared for the major surgery which will include replacing his skull flap. But we are very fortunate to have a plan, talented and skilled surgical and nursing teams, and a base of support much closer to home. And most importantly we are blessed with Austin's strength and Forrest's smile to light the way. We are so grateful for your unfailing belief in Forrest, for your continued prayers, positive healing energy, personal visits, cards, letters and blog posts. Your encouragement and support is literally life sustaining oxygen to Forrest and his Team. Without it we simply could not breathe.
Please keep Forrest in your thoughts and prayers this weekend. We will let you know when he is safely through this surgery.