The Most Underwhelming VNS Update Ever (Yay!)

Last Tuesday, bright and earlyish, my VNS (alias Vanessa) was activated. It/she is thus now doing more than just bulging out of my chest like a weird body mod. My husband and I got to the hospital with some time to spare, so we wandered around for a bit before heading to the epilepsy clinic. … Continue reading The Most Underwhelming VNS Update Ever (Yay!)

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Back to “Back” to the Kitchen: Cookie Edition

You might, but probably don't, recall that in the summer, at the urging of my occupational therapist at the neuro-rehab program that I was attending—and to which I'll return for a second block of treatment in January—I was making an effort to get "back" to the kitchen. In short, my OT was super excited about … Continue reading Back to “Back” to the Kitchen: Cookie Edition

Vanessa

Since the last time I blogged, I've made steady progress in the direction of adjusting to life with a VNS device implanted, cyborg-style, in my chest. For example: I went to my family doctor and found a better solution for my nausea. I've almost completely eliminated ongoing pain by managing it with a combination of … Continue reading Vanessa

It’s a Great Day to Have a Device Implanted in My Chest! (Oh, and Happy Halloween, Everyone.)

The time's upon us: it's Halloween, yes, but it's also the day a VNS device will be surgically implanted in my chest. My husband and I are, in fact, at the hospital waiting for my operating time. Though I was a nervous wreck yesterday and over the weekend, I'm now (relatively) calm about the whole … Continue reading It’s a Great Day to Have a Device Implanted in My Chest! (Oh, and Happy Halloween, Everyone.)