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Back in Beverly Hills

By Scot Pollok on

This title sounds a bit like a bad Hollywood sequel from the 1980’s. But, alas, it’s accurate. After almost two months, we are back for a second run at a blood patch to solve Liza’s CSF leaks/accumulations/attenuations which is our best chance of solving her intense and...

A Complete Yet Concise Catch-Up

By Scot Pollok on

It's been a long while since our first visit to LA. I haven't written much since then. Yet in the intervening two months between LA blood patch #1 and LA blood patch #2 (happening this Wednesday), much has happened. And when I say “much,” I mean both “a lot” and...

COVID Test #2

By Scot Pollok on

It took all of 4 minutes for the entire process - less time than the drive thru lane at Chic Fil-A.  Perhaps because she had already experienced it once and knew what to expect, this one didn't seem quite as bad. But from my view, it looked terrible. The probe had to be eighteen inches...

Still the same

By Scot Pollok on

Unfortunately, Liza is still feeling the same as she did before our trip to Los Angeles. We were hoping to hear from our LA neurosurgeon or team late last week, since they said they would contact her a week after the blood patch. I was waiting to write a blog update until that call, but that...

Tuesday Infusion

By Scot Pollok on

Now that we are back home, we took Liza for a ketamine infusion this morning. Her pain, unfortunately, has been exactly the same as before our trip. But that said, the blood patch can take several weeks to have a full and lasting effect. That said, Dr. Schievink said that, on average, it takes...

From SoCal to Texas

By Scot Pollok on

We are wheels up at 2PM our time. With a three hour flight and two hour time difference, Liza will probably be laying down on her chair in our living room by 7:30. That’s our streamlined plan.  This morning, we had some coffee and a simple breakfast and then started cleaning and...

Back at Home

By Scot Pollok on

There is something indescribably marvelous about leaving one house in Beverly Hills and arriving at your home north of Houston just four hours later - all travel included - door to door. Wow. Top it all off with Liza’s ability to lay flat and have at least a tiny sleep along the...

Sunday Update

By Scot Pollok on

Happy Mother's Day. It was my first chance to watch church online with my family, which was an incredible blessing.  After church, the kids and I went out to In-N-Out Burger and grabbed one for Sonja - part of us trying to make Mother's Day special for her. We'll try to do something...

Friday Afternoon Updates

By Scot Pollok on

Liza enjoyed mediocre sleep last night, about what she’s used to. There was some sharp pain in her back when she rolled over and adjusted herself, but this is to be expected after a blood patch. This morning she is laying on the couch and has had a cup of coffee, has iced her back and is...

Still waiting

By Scot Pollok on

It's now just before noon my time. I'm still waiting.  I just asked for an update and the very nice receptionist in our area made a couple of phone calls for me. She said that although Liza went back at 9:10, they didn't start the procedure until 10:34AM. We are pretty sure she had general...

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