Kelly Stafford Hospitalized After Trying To Wean Off Post Op Drugs

ALLEN PARK -- Kelly Stafford has hit a setback in her recovery from brain surgery.

Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she has been hospitalized due to complications from trying to wean herself off post-operation drugs and steroids. She checked herself into the emergency room and is being held overnight for observation. She hopes to return home on Thursday.

“They told me tapering off the steroids was going to be very difficult,” Stafford wrote in an Instagram post. "The first picture was yesterday when I was on what I thought was my last day of steroids. I thought I could power through the pain and massive headaches that were challenging me throughout the day. I figured i could pull my strength from one of the strongest people I know, matthew. I told myself the pain would succumb to me, I wouldn’t succumb to it. I was so wrong.

“The pain got so far ahead of me I couldn’t keep anything down, including meds. I ended up in the ER very early this morning, back on steroids and pain medication. At first, I felt like I had failed, like I couldn’t handle it.. but what I really failed at was listening to my own body. A lesson I feel like I am going to have to keep reminding myself of. Thank you again for everything. I just wanted to give a little update. They will keep me here overnight just to monitor in hopes of going home in the morning.”

Stafford underwent surgery one week ago to remove a benign tumor called an acoustic neuroma. The growth was discovered when she underwent an MRI that was ordered because of dizziness and vertigo. She was home recovering by the weekend, but said she was spending most of her time in a dark room because of discomfort from the surgery.

She said on Tuesday she had not seen her three children in nearly a week, and missed them so much that she was trying to ween off the post-op drugs. That seems to be what landed her back in the hospital.

The setback comes as Matthew Stafford returned to Allen Park this week and joined his teammates for voluntary conditioning. The Lions told Stafford to take as much time as he needed to tend to his family, but he returned on Monday after taking just a week off.

Detroit is still in Phase 1 of the offseason conditioning program, which limits players to strength and conditioning work. Players can lead their own on-field drills, and Stafford has long been a staple of those this time of year, but coaches cannot mandate those drills or be present for them.

The Lions can move into Phase 2 next week, which does include some coach-led drills.

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A little update: I thought I could do it. They told me tapering off the steroids was going to be very difficult. The first picture was yesterday when I was on what I thought was my last day of steroids. I thought I could power through the pain and massive headaches that were challenging me throughout the day. I figured i could pull my strength from one of the strongest people I know, matthew. I told myself the pain would succumb to me, I wouldn’t succumb to it. I was so wrong. The pain got so far ahead of me I couldn’t keep anything down, including meds. I ended up in the ER very early this morning, back on steroids and pain medication. At first, I felt like I had failed, like I couldn’t handle it.. but what I really failed at was listening to my own body. A lesson I feel like I am going to have to keep reminding myself of. Thank you again for everything. I just wanted to give a little update. They will keep me here overnight just to monitor in hopes of going home in the morning.

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Source : https://www.mlive.com/lions/2019/04/kelly-stafford-hospitalized-after-trying-to-ween-off-post-op-drugs.html

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