Carla's Story - Page 25

Here, Dr. Fleming drills and Dr. Russel and Candace are right by the patient’s side. There was a point in the OR where they turn on the neurostimulator to try and make sure the wires are body was already more relaxed. Maybe, just maybe, she would indeed get some relief where they need them to be. from her prison of PD. Carla says she could tell, even in her immobile state, that when the stimulator was turned on for a test, her She dared to hope. “ P a m w a s t h e re t o d e s c r i b e w h a t t h e d o c t o r s w e re d o i n g t h ro u g h o u t t h e f o u r- h o u r s u r g e r y. S h e w a s o n o n e s i d e . C a n d a c e w a s o n t h e o t h e r. C a n d a c e a n d I c a r r i e d o n c a s u a l c o n v e r s a t i o n a b o u t h o w d i ff i c u l t i t w a s t o b e a w a y f ro m o u r g r a n d c h i l d re n . A n d s h e held my hand. I know that Pam was trying to keep me calm and strangely enough it did help to have c a s u a l c o n v e r s a t i o n d u r i n g b r a i n s u r g e r y. ” - 23 -