Olivia just had what we plan to be her LAST surgery! We traveled back to San Fransisco to have Dr. Peled re-do her temple excision, and also re-do excision of her Lesser Occipital Nerve, (LON). The excision surgery that he did on her Greater Occipital Nerve, (GON) was six months ago in April of 2014, and she is still pain free there. We decided to go back to Dr. Peled for the temples and LON because her pain there had returned and was so bad it was keeping her out of school, and still controlling her life. It was back to a level 8 to 10 24/7, and had to be re-addressed.
She had the surgery on Monday, 10/27. Today is only 5 days later but she is recovering very nicely. Just like the last one with Dr. Peled, she recovered better than from any other. She quit taking her pain meds after only 2 days. She has 6 incisions in her head this time, 2 in the back for the bilateral LON, and 2 on each side of the temples to get the nerve straight up from the ear in temple area, and the incision closer to the hairline gets to the nerve closer to the eye / cheek area, but still part of the trigeminal branch. (I’ll have to double check the exact names of the nerves and update once I confirm, can’t think of it at the moment) The pain from the surgery is very little, and the best part is – she has NO headache pain!! She said “I can’t feel any throbbing, I haven’t felt no throbbing head pain for 2 years!”.
She has NO pain in the back of her head, her temples or eye area…this is a first. With each surgery, she experienced pain relief in the area targeted, but still had pain in other areas. Then unfortunately, with the GON, LON and temple area – the relief from her first surgeries there did not last. We are feeling confident that these last two surgeries with Dr. Peled will bring permanent relief. Time will tell, but feeling good about it. I’ll have to update again every 6 months to let you all know, but feeling very optimistic at the moment.
She is already planning her return to school, and is very excited about that. She will need to rest, and take it easy for at least 4-6 weeks, but we are hoping that she can return to school by December. She would not be able to carry her books and all the weight until that time anyway, but she feels so good it’ll be hard to keep her down. She is smiling, and happy like a normal 14 year old girl ought to be.
Big shout out to the staff at the Argonaut Hotel – our second stay with them during the trips to San Fransisco for her surgeries. They are simply wonderful. Went out of their way to make us feel comfortable, and be kind and considerate to Olivia during her stay. They even got her a card, and cookies, complimentary movies and anything her heart desired 🙂 What a great city San Fransisco is, they have great hotels, great food, they WON the World Series while we were there (that was AWESOME!) – and BEST of all – they have a GREAT surgeon – Thanks Dr. Peled!!!!