News about Nathan and Heather Straz

Sunday, 27 March, 2005
Chiari Malformation
They say that's whats causing my headaches
by heather

So, after some research on my own and some contemplation about the surgery, I've decided to go ahead with it. The condition I have is called Chiari Malformation I. My herniation is about 10 mm, so they will probably have to go down to the second vertebra in the surgery.

It might be time for a new hairdo. I've always had long hair. Well, long enough to pull back in a pony tail! The surgeon, Dr.Davis will need to make a 4-6 inch incision on the back of my head/neck.

I'll need to find something to occupy my time when I'm in the hospital post-op for about 6 days. The only thought I've come up with is to order Jello every meal to see how many different colors they will serve. Any other suggestions out there??

Linda, my Mother-in-law will be visiting from Maine for a couple weeks after my surgery to help take care of me. It sure will be nice to have her here. It's tough being half way across the country from your family.


Sarah said on Aug 21 at 10:45 a.m.:

Just wondering if you could contact me about this condition... I just had an MRI done confirming a 6mm downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils consistent with Chiari 1 malformation. I would love to speak with someone who's experienced this.