OCTOBER 27, 2012
The drilling in one’s skull, in this case, lived up to
the dread we would imagine.
It took me aback a bit when Carla used the words
jackhammer to describe it.
In addition to the physical assault, it was an assault
on all of the senses and sensibilities too.
It sounded like a jackhammer.
At one point after what I am sure seemed like
eternity, the drill gets stuck. How does the drill get
stuck? Do you run into extra hard spots? Clearly
the skull was made incredibly strong to make access to the brain next to impossible. So, who even
thinks to break through that armor?
What doctor had the audacity to try this the
I digress. The drill gets stuck. They can’t progress.
In this photo, Dr. Fleming snakes the leads into
the patient’s brain.Special thanks to Michael
Patterson, one of Renown’s DBS patients, who
allowed us to photograph his procedure.
Carla has relayed that there were a few points
along the way that she wanted to just get up and
run. Surely the drilling had to be one of them.
Footnote: there are two semi-circle shapes that
were cut on the top of Carla’s head. I learned that
They move from the jackhammer to a second type
they are the “flaps” that are cut and pulled back
of drill that, according to Carla, sounds more like
before the drilling and then replaced and stitched
what the dentist uses. It is higher pitched than
for healing after they are done. Carla says she has
plastic caps in the drill holes “to keep her brains
from leaking out.”
“ M y p a re n t s w o u l d n o t h a v e b e e n s u r p r i s e d t h a t
t h e n e u ro s u r g e o n h a d t o c h a n g e d r i l l s m i d s u r g e r y, ” C a r l a s a i d . “ I t a ff i r m s w h a t t h e y h a v e
a l w a y s k n o w n a b o u t m y b e i n g h a rd - h e a H