So this Blog is dedication to the ICP monitor. Also known as Inter Cranial Pressure Monitor. This is used when Neurosurgeons want to make sure that the pressure inside the brain stays low. Normal is 0-15. Kadyn's stays around 5-10. Your pressures go up with each movement you make. Something that I learned this time. This is normal for everyone, even those without hydrocephalus or any other brain injury, but as long as the pressures shoot right back down it is okay. When Kadyn would move and play his pressures went up anywhere from 12-20 and when he cried his pressures went up to 50, which was okay because the pressures dropped right back down.
The ICP monitor is place in your head with a tiny little incision and into a burr hole through your skull. It requires surgery to be put in. Once that is in it is connected to a plug in piece and then a monitor will show the exact number the pressure is inside the head.
To take the ICP monitor out does not require surgery or stitches. There is the removal of a stitch, then slowly pulling the wired piece out. As long as everything comes out then no surgery is needed. It's a uncomfortable procedure but not very painful. Kadyn didn't cry at all! You can request for them to be put in if you are not comfortable with something. Most neurosurgeons have no problem with it since they are going to be doing surgery anyways.
I was going to take a video of the Neurosurgeon resident taking the ICP monitor out but Kadyn had to be held down because he wouldn't stop moving. Oh well.
We are home now though! YAY!