Kelly Stafford returns home again, says she lost ‘entire balance system on my right side’

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After enduring a painful setback in her recovery from surgery to remove a brain tumor, Kelly Stafford returned home again and gave more details on what she’s been going through the past few days.

The wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford posted another status update Friday on Instagram, announcing she was back home with her family and able to spend times with her three young daughters.

Stafford also explained that, in the aftermath of the 12-hour surgery, she had completely lost her balance on the right side of her body.

“When they took out the tumor, they also wiped out the entire balance system on my right side,” Stafford wrote. “I wish I could explain it, but I think it’s something you have to experience. I can’t turn my head right without feeling college drunk.. I’m talking end of the night, cant put one foot in front of the other, knowing you’ll be sleeping on the bathroom floor, college drunk. I have to rework my brain to know that it can only rely on my left side, which will take time, a good amount of time.”

I’m home. I’m home and I got to spend a few hours with my little humans. It filled my heart so much. I can’t even describe it. I wish they could stay, but I know I’m not ready for all of it. When they took out the tumor, they also wiped out the entire balance system on my right side. I wish I could explain it, but I think it’s something you have to experience. I can’t turn my head right without feeling college drunk.. I’m talking end of the night, cant put one foot in front of the other, knowing you’ll be sleeping on the bathroom floor, college drunk. I have to rework my brain to know that it can only rely on my left side, which will take time, a good amount of time. And when there are two toddlers running below your feet while you are trying to relearn basic things like walking.. it makes it seem like there are a million more moving parts to it.. maybe because there are. It’s tough to go from a very active woman to having to relearn the basics of being an athlete, but these little girls give me so much strength. I want to be able to teach them every sport I learned and the day they beat me (I’m sure it’ll come fast) .. I’ll humble them by reminding them I’m only working with one side of my brain 😜 I miss them. I miss them so much, but I’m so grateful I got that time today and now I have my inspiration to keep on pushing!

A post shared by Kelly Stafford (@kbstafford89) on Apr 26, 2019 at 1:03pm PDT

Some serious side effects were unfortunately expected from Stafford’s brain surgery, which she said was complicated by an abnormal vein. One surgeon who spoke to the Detroit Free Press said hearing loss was common with this sort of surgery, and Stafford said before the surgery she was “terrified” of more possibilities.

“I am terrified of them opening my head, I’m terrified of losing my hearing, I’m terrified of losing facial function, I’m terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long,” Stafford wrote.

Stafford is still in the early stages of her recovery and likely faces a lengthy road to something resembling normal, but at least she’s now back home again.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, holds the couple's twins Sawyer, left, and Chandler during pre-game of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, in Detroit. Kelly Stafford plans to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. Stafford shared the details Wednesday, April 3, 2019, on her Instagram account. She says an MRI showed the tumor on cranial nerves after she had vertigo spells within the last year. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

 

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