Matthew Stafford's wife back in ER after 12-hour brain surgery

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Kelly Stafford, wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, found herself back in the emergency room Wednesday after undergoing 12 hours of brain surgery one week earlier.

While the procedure was a success, Kelly claimed the pain throughout her recovery had become too severe.

“A little update: I thought I could do it. They told me tapering off the steroids was going to be very difficult,” she wrote, in part, on Instagram. “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 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.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

A post shared by Kelly Stafford (@kbstafford89) on Apr 24, 2019 at 11:10am PDT

Kelly announced earlier this month she had a benign brain tumor and had been told to expect about six hours of surgery, though the surgeon discovered an abnormal vein during the operation.

The Staffords, who met while attending the University of Georgia, married in 2015. The couple has three daughters.

Matthew, selected by Detroit with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, has 38,526 passing yards and 237 touchdowns for his career.