Around eight months ago, Ms. Thompson discovered that she had a benign brain tumor on her brainstem. Originally, she was very opposed to having surgery, though several different doctors told her it was necessary. It wasn’t until she met Dr. Quinsey that she finally felt comfortable moving forward with a procedure. She was drawn to Dr. Quinsey’s attention to detail and commitment to providing the best patient care possible. Ms. Thompson was concerned that this surgery would require her to lose her hair, something that she wanted to avoid if possible. She said that Dr. Quinsey was one of the first, if not the only, doctors to take this concern seriously. She promised Ms. Thompson that she would do everything she could to minimize any hair loss. Though this worry may seem minor in the grand scheme of things, Dr. Quinsey’s care and consideration showed Ms. Thompson that she was the surgeon that would go the extra mile to provide the best experience possible.
She recalled a specific time during her hospital stay where she, to use her own words, “threw a little fit.” She said that the nurses immediately came in and went above and beyond to comfort and relax her. Though hospital stays are not always ideal, Ms. Thompson felt that she would’ve had a much worse experience, had it not been for her incredible nurses. She remembered one nurse in particular that consistently came in to check on her, even when she was working on the opposite end of the hospital.
Since in recovery, Ms. Thompson has enjoyed extra downtime to spend with her family. Together, they’ve been adjusting and learning how to handle her new needs in recovery. She has also enjoyed getting active by going to hip-hop classes. Though rehabilitation after surgery can be difficult, Ms. Thompson is so grateful to have had a successful procedure made possible by UNC’s incredible hospital staff.