‘Awake craniotomy’ aren’t words you really want to hear during a discussion about your impending future, but that’s what happened to B yesterday. We met with The Business, who exuded the professional calm you would expect from a top neurosurgeon. It made the information he delivered slightly more palatable – but only slightly.
I’m not going to go into the gory details here, it would be depressing for me to impart and for you to read. I can’t lose my 2 followers just yet. Suffice to say that B will be having a 4-5 hour operation, and he will be conscious for around 2 of those hours. The Business will electrically stimulate his brain to provoke a reaction and determine which parts can be safely removed. I imagine B will be shouting ‘I need that bit!’ at the appropriate moments.
The aim is to remove as much of the tumour as possible. We won’t know about follow-up treatment until they get the sucker out and subject it to a lengthy interrogation.
The Business: What were you doing on the afternoon of April 29th?
Tumour: I can’t recall. I’m trying to focus on rapid cell division, I can’t keep note of everything I get up to.
The Business: I put it to you, sir, that you were responsible for an abnormal paroxysmal discharge of cerebral neurons in Mr B’s brain that afternoon!
I think it will go something like that.
We’ll know the date for surgery early next week, but it’s likely to be the week after that.