Anne's Diary

What Happens in Vegas...

I’m still in the hospital. I may have some radiation treatment, not because I have cancer, which I don’t, but because they had to leave a portion of the meningioma in my brain, and radiation will sterilize it and prevent it from growing again. Not all meningiomas are benign, but mine is.

They give you lots of medications here. One of the things they give you is Colace, which prevents constipations. It also give you—at least me—gigantic farts. This happened to me when my son was here, and I was extremely embarrassed. He said, ‘don’t worry, mom, what happens in the hospital stays in the hospital,’ paraphrasing the line about Las Vegas.

After I woke up from surgery, I was feeling pretty good--surprisingly so, given that I was under anesthesia for a total of 9 hours. However, the next morning, the worst headache of my life set in. It was a pounding, blinding nightmare. Worse, there seemed to be no medical reason for it. Whitley was scared and I was just miserable. But then one of the residents asked me some very careful questions about it. Where was it? How had it started? Was it pulsing, throbbing? A number of questions like that. Then he said, 'it's a caffeine withdrawal headache.' He said they could put caffeine in my IV or my husband could go down to a nearby Starbucks and get me a double espresso. I chose the espresso, and, incredibly, after no more than five minutes, it was gone!

You have brain surgery. You have a mysterious headache afterward. The doctors are stumped. You think, uh-oh, not espresso! But that's what it turned out to be!

I have been told that many people are praying for me. I know that many churches in our home town of San Antonio have me in their prayers today. I want you all to know that I appreciate your prayers tremendously, and, just as I believe they helped me recover from my near-fatal brain hemorrhage in 2004, they are helping me now.

I have lost some more vision in my left eye, but I’m finding that my right eye is compensating and some occupational therapy will help that along. Aside from that, I’m still intact. Also, I dodged a real bullet. The aneurysm coiled in 2004 had returned to a dangerous state, and could easily have burst again, this time with very possibly fatal results.

Still, if anybody ever complains to me about anything I’ve gotten mixed up about or done wrong, I have a perfect excuse.

I would like to thank everybody for all the prayers and good wishes. Prayer is real, and it helps!



Thank God you are on your way to wellness! Bless you Anne for having a sense of humor! Still praying for a speedy recovery! (((Hugs)))

Blessings to you Anne, and we will continue to send healing energies to you. Be well.
Blessed Be.

'You think, uh-oh, not expresso!' Haha! Crazy brain. I wonder if sugar is the same, withdrawal-wise. Anybody know? I'm not going without to find out, maybe with a little less, we'll see.

I feel like a fool because I sent a request about where to send an experiencer email, without first reading your recent diaries to see what was happening with you! Forgive me.
A family member had the same f*rtng issue with that drug ~ you crack me up!
I am at home with an abscessed tooth, so am with you in Spirit.
Blessings and healing to you ~ thank you for your wonderful sense of humor and love.

Thank Goodness you are doing well Anne! I always get a big smile reading your columns and I love all the interviews you've done and look forward to many more. Hopefully, if somebody walks past your room and sees you 'Levitating' in your bed they will know there's a prosaic explanation, Haha!!!

Please DO send the experiencer email. Send it to whitley@strieber.com. He will be sure it gets to me. I am recovering fast and eager to get back in the swing of things.

So glad you're on the road to recovery. You and Whitley have been in my thoughts.
I had to laugh about the caffeine withdrawal. After extensive spinal surgery, for which I had a morphine pump, my back felt pretty good, but I had the worst headache.
I diagnosed myself with caffeine withdrawal and asked the nurse for a cup of coffee. Bless her heart, she made me a cup, as it was 4:00 AM and the cafeteria was closed. I will never forget that nurse or that cup of coffee!
We sat sipping our coffee and marveling that even high doses of morphine can't stop a caffeine withdrawal headache!

Anne, your fans are there with you in the hospital room in spirit ...... we'd all come to visit in person, but we wouldn't fit!! :)

Anne, your fans are there with you in the hospital room in spirit ...... we'd all come to visit in person, but we wouldn't fit!! :)

Glad to hear you are doing well. Keep getting stronger!

Peter

i, too have had the surgery caffeine-withdrawal screaming headache. for me it is better to keep the caffeine "vice" than do another withdrawal. blessings to you and whitley. a speedy recovery to your lifes path. thank you both for your help and support on mine.

i, too have had the surgery caffeine-withdrawal screaming headache. for me it is better to keep the caffeine "vice" than do another withdrawal. blessings to you and whitley. a speedy recovery to your lifes path. thank you both for your help and support on mine.

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