Chondro Update #4

by Brian Rigby, MS, CISSN

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Hey Everyone,

I had my 3-month MRI yesterday and a follow-up visit with the neurosurgeon afterwards. My head has healed well, but unfortunately now that everything is clear the surgeon can see there’s a little tumor left behind in an area that wasn’t accessible during my last surgery. This was always a possibility, but it’s disappointing nonetheless because it means another surgery, another recovery period, another hill to climb to get in shape again.

Most likely, the surgery will be early in the new year, either January or February (hopefully January!). It’ll be through the earbone this time, and they probably won’t have to open the dura, so recovery shouldn’t be as bad (not that it was really bad last time, all things considered, at least minus the meningitis). They will have to shave about a centimeter of my flowing locks, though—I never wanted a skrillex haircut, but apparently I’ll be getting a mini one.

In other chondro news, I did my first handstand since surgery today! It’s been about 3 months, so I figured I was safe. Balance was good, and it was actually surprisingly easy. Normally after about a week without handstands my forearms will be weak and it’ll be hard to hold, but that didn’t seem to be the case today. I’ll keep working them in the month or two I have before my next 3-month break—gotta do as much with my time remaining as I can!


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