April 11, 2006

First things first.

As you recall from Friday Steevil (aka "Steve"), one of the Friends of Possumblog as well as a famed NASA rocket scientist and brother of Dr. Weevil, was going into Johns-Hopkins for some brain surgery. I got a message last night from his wife--

To all,

Steve's surgery went very well today. He was awake, alert, and grouchy by the time they let me in to see him (about 4:00 p.m.). He was complaining to the doctors and nurses about all the things he was hooked up to. So, I guess it's a good sign that he's on his way to being his old self again.

The doctor said that he removed a cyst, but he doesn't know what caused it. He also found and removed a new tumor, and removed what was left of the first one. Everything has been sent out to pathology for biopsy, but he was pretty sure that the new tumor was also a benign meningioma.

Of course, even the doctor is somewhat concerned that Steve had a recurrence in only 3 years. But I guess that sometimes just happens.

Steve is hoping to get back to sailing soon, but hasn't had the nerve to ask the doctor how long it will be before he can go out. As the mean, dutiful wife, I expect that it will be my job to ask the hard questions.

AND, not only that, they just found out that they're going to be grandparents, too!

Anyway, I know Steve and Kathie (Spousil of Steevil) appreciate your kind thoughts during his recovery.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 11, 2006 07:00 AM

Thanks for giving us an update. I've been wondering how Steevil was pulling through.

Posted by: Jordana at April 11, 2006 07:50 AM

Amen to the recovery of our NASA correspondent. Also somewhat eerie for me, as for work purposes I just finished reading this biography of Harvey Cushingone of the foremost neurosurgeons in history. While I suspect Steevil has had his fill of the subject, anyone else interested in the early days of brain surgery ([gumby]Doctor, my brain hurts[/gumby]) might find it worth a look.

Posted by: skinnydan at April 11, 2006 11:10 AM