After being shot and having half her skull removed to relieve pressure. It seems that with all the progress Gifford is making that she still has a build up of fluid needing what the news is calling a catheter.
I want to explain a bit better about what the news is calling a catheter. I had this myself in 2001 when I had my shunt I had for 20 years taken out because it was thought for many years I did not need the shunt and it did not even work. It is basically a manual shunt (which is what it was referred as when I was in the hospital) that drains and measures fluid being drained off the brain.
It looks like a test tube like device that has tubing to you head and inserted into the ventricle usually much like a shunt. The manual device will also measure the amount of fluid being drained. Over a 4 day period it was determined I was shunt dependent because of constantly having to drain fluid off my brain. Gifford's doctors reported this morning that she is still having issues with pressure and may require a shunt.
The cause of the additional spinal fluid she is having is a result of her brain trying to cushion itself from the trauma it has been through. The brain is also injured and bruised causing swelling. Which can lead to permanent brain damage if not treated.
I had swelling after my brain tumor surgery in 1983 which crossed both my left and right eyes. Weakened my left side and I had to learn to walk again. So it is very important to stay on top of her swelling to keep from having permanent problems.
I was shunted 9 days after my brain tumor surgery and had to have 3 surgeries to correct my eyes. I also went through nearly 2 year of physical therapy to learn how to walk again.
I still have weakness in my left side and balance and coordination problems that I will have for the rest of my life. But I went 9 days before I was shunted after surgery. Doctors have learned a lot since then and know the signs of pressure building up.
With hydrocephalus and shunting being in the news more hear lately this is one more shout out for hydrocephalus. For those of you that read my blog you know that I was shunted for over 20 years before I ever heard the word hydrocephalus.