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Posted by BrittDLD1 on Saturday, May 2, 2009

Well... things have been quite "interesting" here....

I had emergency brain surgery, on Monday 4/27 for a subdural
hematoma. (That's a torn vein between the brain, and the membrane
covering the brain.)

I had a persistant headache, all last week, which is very rare
for me. Monday morning I finally went up to the Beverly Hospital
emergency room. They took a CT scan, and then shoved me
into an ambulance, with lights and siren going, for the
trip to Brigham and Women's, down in Boston.

The  neurosurgery went just fine.

So far, there are no cognitive issues, and no motor or coordination
issues. I'm also in very good spirits -- especially considering that
the mortality rate for acute cases of subdural hematoma is around
60%.  I'm VERY lucky -- or I might be playing harp, instead of the banjo!

I have the highest praise for ALL of the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff,
at Brigham and Women's -- whose superb level of professionalism,
care, and compassion, is absolutely world-class.

But... I do look like a crazed ax-murderer -- with a half-mowhawk,
and huge dried-bloody wounds on the shaved half. (I can't even get
that get area wet, for 10 days.)

I'll be at home more often than usual this coming week.  I seem
to be on a schedule of sleeping for 2 hours, up for 2 hours, sleeping
for 2 hours, etc. I hope to be able get into the office for a few
hours this weekend, and a for few short days next week -- until
my stamina returns.

It's best for me to return any long distance calls from my office
phone -- but that might take a day or three to get around to it.

Please feel free to forward this notice to anyone you feel would
like to know about the situation -- And my apologies to anyone I
accidently over-looked in the individual emails I've sent.

I'm very blessed to have a LOT of family, friends, colleagues,
and acquaintances -- along with an army of too many fellow
banjo-addicts to count -- scattered about all-over-the-place.

UPDATE - had my follow-up appt. today... 5/8.

Found out that the hematoma was MUCH bigger and more serious
than I thought....

Doing well.. but can't drive for a month... (Ouch!)

Ed Britt

9 comments on “Watch your head!”

GSCarson Says:
Saturday, May 2, 2009 @1:45:26 PM

"Interesting" Wow, thats an understatement!  Ed I am very glad to hear that this was discovered and that you've come through with everything working well. I hope you have a complete and rapid recovery.  

Very best regards,

Glenn Carson

dbrooks Says:
Saturday, May 2, 2009 @6:12:16 PM

Ed, I'm relieved to hear the good report.  I'm so glad you sought care so promptly.  We can all learn from that. 

flange5st Says:
Saturday, May 2, 2009 @7:50:36 PM

glad you're doing better.peace

Polle Flaunoe Says:
Saturday, May 2, 2009 @11:59:30 PM


Lucky you and lucky we !!!! You made my day due to your happy ending story !

Kindly regards


Laurence Diehl Says:
Monday, May 4, 2009 @8:27:45 AM

Ed - I'm glad the surgeon knew what he was doing. On the upside, I guess you got a renewed sense of mortality and I just learned what a subdural hematoma is. Get well soon.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009 @12:26:09 PM

Glad it all CAME OUT all right and  your here with your humor Ed.  Wishing you many more humorous, healthy years to come. 


rudykizuty Says:
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 @6:55:55 PM

Ed, didn't see this until just this evening. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

mandolin123 Says:
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @7:02:26 AM

 Hey broher, been there. Seriously!. had 4 of them. Looking  like doing something again. God bless you. recovery is tough keep at it it will come. 

rbell Says:
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @9:36:38 AM


Just learned of your surgery and I am relieved to hear that you're on the mend. I do not frequent this site or many others often, so please excuse the tardy expression of my concern. As you well know this kind of disorder and the corrective/curative  surgery are nothing trivial, so take it easy. I have fond memories of my throughly enjoyable and instructive visit to your office and banjoworks, what, five years ago?? I hope to see you sometime relatively soon. I'm planning to attend Pete and Kelly's house concert featuring the Old 78's on 7/10. Work and wife forbid things such as Clifftop and the like. The Szego/Bowman collectors' spectacular is in Rochester, NY this fall. We need you to shake and liven things up. So keep the demi mohawk and bring the hatchet.

Very best regards,


Bob Bell

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