Greetings. I am a 71 year old great grandma, married 52 years married to R. Retired nurse. Had transphenoidal surgery on April 21,2011. So am just 2 weeks post op.
My tumor was discovered by "accident", I prefer to call it divine intervention. I had a small stroke (TIA) and in doing a CT to trace the stroke they saw the pituitary tumor. Surprise, surprise!
As with so many situations I had unbeknownsed been suffering with conditions and ailments like wight gain-loss, Bp elevations, flid retention, and yes I have had the "hump" for at least 15 years. I have had a PCP for ever and also had triple bypass surgery 13 years ago. Not like I was hiding in a dark room forever. Anyway
The surgery went very well, had it at the hospital I had worked at for 25 years. Had worked with the skull based neurosurgeon and there is non better here and elsewhere. So had no worries or anxiety about that.
I have been concerned about the loss of the sense of smell/taste. I had n't anticipated how important this can be. I affects a lot of aspects of your life. I do most of the cooking and trying to make meals is really strange. I was certainly not expeted to fix meals but I love to cook and am really good at it but this situation got me anxious.
I had a kind of epiphany yesterday. I thought I caught a wiff of a spice while cooking last night. Just a wiff, mind you. Mental???
This morning cooked BACON!! I could smell it!! I could kind of taste it. Yes........I could taste it. BABCON, BACON, BACON. It's coming back...........I am sure there are folks that have had to wait longer or experienced lesser return and I certainly feel your "pain". Patience........that's what my docs said to me.So, here I am. Just starting to jiggle the hydro. A long way to go.
Will be checking in and sharing. Glad you are all there to help. ML