He’d been feeling abdominal pain and was concerned about it possibly being his spleen (you might remember that a scan had shown his spleen to be a bit larger than average, which may be normal for Thane or an indication of having had mono) or maybe a complication of the gallbladder surgery (seeing as how this has been his first surgery with zero complications). The doctor is sending him to a physiatrist to work on that, since it seems to be a neuromuscular thing instead of an internal organ thing.
Thane also asked about getting a second opinion neurologist for his cognitive symptoms, which are so obviously post-concussion. The doctor put him on the spectrum of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. If that sounds familiar, you’ve probably seen the Will Smith movie, Concussion. Thane definitely isn’t going to harm his family or himself, but the cumulative nature of concussions means that he needs to be especially careful not to get another traumatic brain injury. This doctor isn’t promising that Thane will be able to return to work, but he will not likely get better without treatment. Even now, nearly 2 years after the car accident, Thane can’t focus for a full 8-hour work day. He’ll log on to play League of Legends with his friends, but he needs to take breaks. And that’s on a game he’s been playing for 5 years. It’s depressing for both of us to have to push back our timeline of getting back to “normal” life. Again.
That gets into the low energy issue. Thane has been so frustrated because he tries to do yard work or house chores but is chronically fatigued. It may be due, in part, to sleep deprivation. (He sleeps with the ventilator a few nights a week, but using it means his belly is full of air in the morning. Like, I can actually see it. He says it’s painful and I believe him. It looks painful.) Dr. Dill ordered blood work to test hormone and vitamins levels for deficiencies that could be causing the fatigue. I’m so grateful that this doctor is thorough and caring.
In some happy news that I forgot to post about, Thane got his driver’s license back!!! Exactly 2 weeks ago, he took the driver’s test like he was 17 again. So now he can do things like go to the store for groceries, take himself to appointments and game nights. This is huge! It’s a milestone toward that elusive “normal” life that I keep dreaming about. One day, we will have a house and a job and be bored. I can’t wait.